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Posted on: October 23, 2018

The Vision Begins

Depot District project will commence November 1st

The City’s downtown Depot District project will commence November 1st and  will remove from service Liberty Park, Wallace Brooks Park and some parking on Dampier Street and  North Apopka Avenue by Liberty Park. The project of the two parks is expected to be completed in late fall of 2019. The open Market Building, Restrooms and Train Depot Building, Water Tower and amenities, will also be completed at the same time.

The City of Inverness Capital Action Plan, to include the Depot District, was introduced to City Council in 2016 with several public meetings for input and discussion. The project scope for the Depot District was approved in 2017, with funding secured through the Inverness Community Redevelopment Agency. City Manager Frank DiGiovanni said, “During construction, we will relocate City events and make every effort to accommodate requests for weddings, facility rentals, reunions, etc., to other City Parks within  Inverness”.

When complete, Liberty Park will honor the existing memorial, include terrace walls will border section of the green space; boast an interactive children’s playground area, support a stage, bicycle parking, restroom facilities, vehicle parking, extensive landscaping, lighting, and other amenities.

Wallace Brooks Park will have a large activity lawn, volley ball courts, shuffleboard courts, plus the addition of boat docking, kayak launch and rentals, scull facility, and support other water activities. A reconfiguration of the entrance to Wallace Brooks will capsulate the beauty of the park.

One of the gems of the Depot District will be the creation of a Farmers Market bringing fresh produce, home made goods, local art, and more on Saturdays. Special events, rentals, an entertainment venue will also be a part of the market building to house weddings, receptions, meetings and more. Just up from the Market, the existing Train Depot will be relocated and revitalized to face the Rails to Trail. The renovated Train Depot will accommodate small businesses that cater to cycling, tourism, music and the many activities that abound. The final addition will be the water tower with a stage built under the tower to be used as a beacon for city events as well as community functions.

During construction, a perimeter fence will be installed to define the work area around Liberty Park and Wallace Brooks Park, and promote the safety of citizens and guests. The City will mount linear banner signage along the Bike Trail and facing Apopka to highlight the project and explain the duration. Sign Banners will show the overall project along with a design schematic of the immediate are of where the banner is located.

“This is a huge project with many different elements that will take high level coordination and time. The City appreciates the positive feedback from residents and hopes everyone will be patient as the plan materializes. With every project there is an inconvenience factor that we intend to keep as brief as possible”. said City Manager DiGiovanni.

The restroom building inside Wallace Brooks Park will be behind fencing and out of service. The restrooms at the Trail Head located on the west-side of North Apopka will be open for the trail users.

Parking areas on the north side of Dampier Street are part of the project domain and will be closed from service. Parking found on the south side of Dampier Street will remain active and in service.

The redevelopment project is expected to be completed in late fall of 2019

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