Work begins on second phase to restore Memorial Park

Work begins on second phase to restore Memorial Park
Chain-link fencing was erected around Memorial Park Sept. 23 in preparation for work in the center of the popular Riverside park.

The Memorial Park Association, in collaboration with the City of Jacksonville, began construction in Memorial Park Sept. 26 in Phase 2 of the capital improvement effort to restore the park in Riverside.

This phase will be managed by the CMS Group, LLC. Work will be done primarily in the green of the center oval, to improve drainage, including the installation of new irrigation system, amend soils and restore it with a healthy lawn. 

Perimeter walkways will be closed to remove, repair and replace concrete affecting the health of adjacent trees. The area under construction will be completely fenced off during the construction phase, and after the new lawn is installed so the grass has time to root and grow.

A comprehensive site survey was provided through the generosity of Clary and Associates, land surveyor. The design and permitted construction plans for this project were generously donated to the association (prepared in-kind) Haskell’s civil engineer Myra Jones and landscape architect Eric Lycke (donated in-kind). They are in keeping with the association’s Master Plan, approved by the City Council.

Tree work was performed, with a generous contribution toward their bid, by Bushor’s Tree Surgeons’ arborist/tree surgeons to restore the health of the well-balanced tree canopy surrounding the oval and to allow needed sunlight to effectively filter through, helping the lawn to grow and thrive.

J. B. Coxwell Contracting, Inc. was awarded the bid and generously donated back a percentage of their fee to the final cost of the project.

The completion of this project is planned for January 2017.

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