South Central Park & Magnolia Trail
S&ME developed the master plan and associated landscape architecture construction documents for a multi-purpose civic park and adjacent streetscapes and trail in Downtown Winter Haven, Florida. The project encompasses a full city block and includes two flexible plaza areas that alternately serve as car parking during the day and an event venue during the evening and weekend hours. The plaza areas are used for community events, concerts, and festivals. The project also incorporates a bikeway through the urban streetscape environment, an extension of Winter Haven’s existing Chain of Lakes Trail. The trail currently begins north of the City at US 17 and, with this addition, is approximately 3.5 miles in length. When completed, the multi-purpose trail will be 9.3 miles when it terminates at the Chain of Lakes Complex. This segment of the trail incorporates features such as specialty accent lighting, trellised swings and gateway elements to indicate arrival into Downtown from the south.
The project received the Project of the Year Award from the Florida Engineering Society, Ridge Chapter, 2019.