County crews broke ground on a construction project to improve Floridatown Park this week. Located at 3900 Floridatown Road in Pace, the park's upgrades will include an ADA-compliant playground for children ages two through 12, a walking trail, two basketball half courts, renovations to the existing restroom, pier repairs, historical signage and ADA accessible upgrades.

The project's estimated cost is $200,000, funded with a combination of local option sales tax, Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program grant funds and District 1 recreation funds.

“We are excited to offer a renovated, ADA-compliant recreational facility for our residents and their families to enjoy this beautiful waterfront park,” said Commissioner Sam Parker, District 1. “Many thanks to the citizens of Santa Rosa County for supporting the local option sales tax that that helps make this and many other much-needed projects possible.”

As Floridatown Park is a historically significant park, all improvements are being monitored by a professional archeologist. The anticipated project completion date is spring 2019. The park will remain open during improvements; however, certain areas may be inaccessible during construction.