J. Gilbert Reese Park is a recent land acquisition located at 81031 Overseas Highway on Upper Matecumbe Key. Through 100% philanthropy, The Islamorada Foundation is thrilled to offer a “win-win” opportunity for the community of Islamorada. With a successful campaign, the benefits will be seen in 3 ways – prevent further commercial development by preserving this site, protecting a vital parcel of Upper Matecumbe Key land for community benefit and removing a blighted (eyesore) parcel in the Upper Matecumbe Key Corridor.
Phase I (Complete) – $1,300,000 (June thru January 2019) – land purchase, removal of existing 8200 sf building, extensive invasive vegetation removal, existing tree maintenance, site clean up.
Phase II (Current Feb 2019 – 2023) – $745,000 budget. Open Space for outdoor activities and community gatherings, playground with shade features, Pickleball court(s), public restrooms, public drinking fountains, 18 vehicle parking lot, park benches, bicycle racks and education/information kiosks, monitor invasive and exotic vegetation, increase vegetation of native species (grasses, shrubs, understory and canopy trees)
Phase III (Current Sept 2022 – Mar 2023) – $850,000 budget. 2900 sf / 2 story, Megan Edwards Community Center with covered porches, Foundation administrative office and (1) dwelling unit.
(Conceptual rendering of completed phase II. Special thanks to Integrated Architecture – Grand Rapids, MI)
Continue to check in for progress updates as Project 81 / J. Gilbert Reese Park unfolds.
Thank you for your interest of this project. If you have further interest, feel as you would like to be involved as a volunteer or would like to further your support financially, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org (reference J. Gilbert Reese Park).
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