Every project, both big and small, will pose challenges. Obvious challenges include funding, volunteer help, scheduling and appropriate planning approval. Our immediate targeted project list already exists, and fundraising is ongoing.
Immediate projects include:
Gib Reese Park (June 2018 – current)
- J. Gilbert Reese Park is a 1.39 acre land acquisition of 81031 Overseas Highway, Upper Matecumbe Key, Islamorada. This project will include the transformation of a commercial parcel with a 8,200 sf structure (several former restaurants) into a passive community park. Plans for the property include the introduction of (3) Pickleball courts, a children’s playground, open green space for passive recreation, re-introduction of native vegetation, education/information kiosks, generous parking for 18 vehicles, picnic area and shade structures, all for community use. Future plans include a 2900 sf community center/Foundation support center. Learn more here.
Southwinds Park (November 2012 thru September 2022)
- Southwinds Park is a 1.1 acre piece of Green Space located at mm 82.1 on Upper Matecumbe Key, the former site of the Southwinds Motel and acquired by the Village of Islamorada with a grant from the state of FL in 2004. Effective November 2012, The Islamorada Foundation entered into a 5 year operating agreement with the Village of Islamorada to advance Southwinds Park into a usable and recognizable downtown passive park. By doing so, The Islamorada Foundation will be assisting the Village in accomplishing their commitments for the acquisition of the property and creating an additional and functional Green Space for public use. Preliminary plans include, but are not limited to, small covered pavilion(s), park benches, trash/recycle receptacles, drinking fountain, parking, bike racks, enhanced native landscaping and a focal point to commemorate Islamorada’s fishing heritage.
Downtown landscape lighting infracture
- A major visual appeal with public safety enhancements between mm 81.2 and 81.5. The quarter mile landscaped medians between The Green Turtle and the Hurricane Monument, this project includes funding the addition of electrical feeds to all 4 landscaped islands and adding landscape lighting to the existing trees – enhancing the heart of Upper Matecumbe and adding a greatly needed array of area lighting to a dark and heavily pedestrian traveled section of the Old Highway. In addition, this section of the Old Highway could then be used for possible community gatherings.
Let us know if you are interested in lending a hand, helping our fund drive or have comments regarding current or future projects. email@example.com