After the completion of the restoration of Memorial Park’s center oval green, members of the Memorial Park Association and officials from the City of Jacksonville met in the park Nov. 22 with representatives of J. B. Coxwell Contracting, Inc., who presented the association with a check for $30,000.
J.B. Coxwell had been awarded the $283,000 contract to install a new irrigation system, improve drainage and amend the soil in the 92-year-old park. They began the work less than eight weeks ago, coming in on time and under budget. “That means a lot to Mr. Coxwell,” said Jayson Smith, design build manager at J. B. Coxwell Contracting, which essentially gave back the profit in the project.
“David Coxwell has always been a great supporter of neighborhood projects, especially giving back to the community we serve,” said Smith. “We’re a local contractor and we like to give back locally.”
Memorial Park Association was founded 30 years ago and, according to Agnes Danciger, the Memorial Park Association president, the gift was the largest corporate or individual gift made.
“We are extremely grateful as it will help fund additional needs as outlined in The Master Plan which was adopted in 2012 to restore the park,” said Danciger.
“The committee was great,” said Chuck Chaon, project manager, who worked with Patricia Houlihan, co-chair for the Con-struction Task Force and with Alice Jones, City Parks and Recreation Department, to resolve any issues during the project. “We had an onsite challenge that arose and we brought it to them and they got us some responses quickly. We found old concrete foundations that were buried and it had to be addressed.”
The fencing around the green will remain for the next 90 days to allow the new grass to take root.
By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community News