SAINT AUGUSTINE – The City of St. Augustine announces opening of its newest public space, currently referred to as Coquina Park, July 2. The park, located at 91 and 93 Coquina Ave., is open from sunrise to sunset.
Coquina Park is designed to serve as a passive green space that also provides flood protection and coastal resilience. Even before the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Matthew, Irma, and Dorian, the area continually saw increasing damage resulting from seasonal storm surges and nuisance flooding.
“As we raised the elevation of the park with in-fill dirt we immediately saw the improvement during recent storms and high tides,” commented Public Works Director Reuben Franklin. “In addition to the work clearing out Coquina Ditch and the installation of the head wall where the water comes in from the river, the project is a fine example of mitigation strategies and solutions at work.”
At its completion, the top elevation of the park is 7-ft. Several palm trees were removed and stored prior to the start of the project and have been replanted in the park. Additional components of the development of the park include:
- In-fill and grading
- Installation of irrigation system
- Two 70-gallon oak trees
- Retaining wall and privacy fence at the east end of the property
- Sod, plants, and landscaping
- Two benches installed with cement foundations, facing the water to overlook the water
Two outstanding items include a dog station with bags and a trash can and trimming the mangroves (the City is awaiting a trimming permit). These items will be completed soon and will not hinder the ability to open the park to the public.
The city hoped to celebrate the completion of this project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, but with current circumstances and restrictions on gatherings due to COVID-19, any public event will be scheduled in the future.
For questions, contact the Public Works Department at 904.825.1040.