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Town Council to consider multi-million dollar Bradley Park plan

Posted On: 07-09-2016

By William Kelly

Daily News Staff Writer

Details of a proposed makeover of Bradley Park will be highlighted at Tuesday’s Town Council meeting.

The plans will be presented by Amanda Skier, new executive director of the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, which has asked for the council’s blessing on its proposal for a multimillion dollar beautification of the park.

> PHOTOS: Palm Beach's Bradley Park

Plans include a recreational trail connecting the new Flagler Memorial Bridge to the northern edge of the park, along the waterfront; an internal looped walkway through the park, with a stabilized gravel surface; individual, small themed gardens along the north side of the internal looped walk; and a waterfront lookout structure.

Other changes include moving the park fountain so it is near the tea house; a new public restroom adjacent to the tea house; modifying a driveway that leads to public works buildings in the park; and installing low-profile perimeter fencing around the park.

The foundation hired landscape designer Jorge Sanchez, the Kimley-Horn engineering firm, and the Bridges Marsh & Associates architectural firm to advise it on the plans.

If the council likes what it hears, the plan will be sent for review by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, said John Page, director of the Planning, Zoning and Building Department.

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If the landmarks board grants a certificate of appropriateness, the plan will go back to the council for zoning approvals, in the form of site plan review and request for special exception use, Page said.

Page said town staff has reviewed the plans and has no objections.

In March, Alexander Ives, who was then president of the foundation, said the organization would pay for the park improvements through donations. He estimated the cost at more than $2 million.

Ives mentioned two additional phases after the initial improvements to the park are complete. The second phase would involve reducing the size of the park’s pump station and moving it to the southwest corner of the park. Ives said the foundation would probably look for a single donor to cover the estimated $6 million to $8 million cost.

The third phase would focus on Royal Poinciana Way. Sanchez proposed adding tabby sidewalks on both sides of the street and both sides of the grass medians. There also would be tabby crosswalks across the street and tabby pathways through the medians. The median grass would be upgraded and shade trees added, he said. No parking would be eliminated.

The third phase would cost about $4 million and it is possible the Florida Department of Transportation would contribute, Ives said.

The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Other agenda items include:

* A report on the proposed master plan for an overhaul of Seaview Park and a new recreation/community center, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. by Recreation Director Beth Zickar. It will include operational and budgetary considerations, a construction plan and financing schedule.

* A bid award of more than $1.8 million to Danella Utility Construction for the burial of overhead utilities on Nightingale Trail and La Puerta Way.

* Potential refunding of revenue bonds, issued in 2010, to take advantage of historically low interest rates and save more than $5 million.

Source: Willaim Kelly, July 9, 2016, Palm Beach Daily News

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