Construction on Escambia County's newest recreational facility, Innerarity Point Park located at 5835 Cruzat Way, is making progress, although with some delays. To date, the project is over 50 percent complete.
Construction milestones include:
- Heavy timber framing and dock and boardwalk substantially complete
- Earthwork, which makes the site level and suitable of construction purposes, substantially complete
- Playground equipment finalized and ordered
Pending major project items include:
- Playground installation
- Parking lot and bathroom construction
Unfortunately, the contractor who is based in Panama City, received substantial damage from Hurricane Michael causing temporary logistic and workforce issues. This setback, along with some early concrete work that needed replacement, has slightly delayed the project. Initially slated to open in late spring/early summer of 2019, the project is now expected to be complete in late summer/early fall.
The park is the result of Escambia County, the Trust for Public Land, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection working together to enhance the public’s access to nearby natural resources and complement the adjacent Galvez Boat Ramp. Amenities will include an open space for community gatherings, ADA accessible boardwalk, dock large enough for fishing and paddle craft launch, large and small capacity covered pavilions with grills, two playgrounds, restrooms with rinse off areas, parking and native shoreline vegetation will be planted.
The $7.4 million project is being funded through Early Restoration Natural Resources Damage Assessment, or NRDA, funding from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The park is also part of the Florida Coastal Access Project, which will facilitate the creation of five new parks in Panhandle counties using $45 million in Deepwater Horizon spill early restoration funds. The Trust for Public Land managed the land acquisition and is overseeing the design, permitting and construction of the park. Once complete, they will donate the park to the Escambia County. Grant agreements with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will include funding to cover 10-year budgets for operation and maintenance activities of the park.