County Approves Bid to Build Poinciana Park

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11:12 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11:12 a.m.

BARTOW | County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a $3.2 million bid to build the first phase of a new park in Poinciana.

The park will contain baseball and multipurpose fields, basketball courts, a dog park and a picnic pavilion.

Rodda Construction was the low bidder.

The property is located at the intersection of Poinciana Parkway and Hatchineha Road.

Construction is scheduled to begin in December. Work is scheduled to be completed by August.

Jeff Spence, director of parks and natural resources, said the 29-acre park, is the first active recreation facility Polk County will operate in Poinciana, a large unincorporated community that straddles the Polk-Osceola line between Haines City and Kissimmee.

The said the second phase, which would include two more baseball fields, is not budgeted.

Spence told commissioners the park will contain more facilities than initially planned because the bid was lower than expected.

That means that there will be two baseball fields instead of one and three multipurpose fields for soccer and football instead of one, Spence said.

He said the Association of Poinciana Villages will handle routine maintenance of the park under an agreement approved last year.

Spence said a playground will be developed on the site for an additional $100,000 under a separate capital funding contract.

Keith Laytham, a Poinciana resident, thanked commissioners for planning and funding the park.

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