Just in time for summer, Wilton Manors commissioners have approved the construction of a new water feature and children’s playground at Mickel Park.
At the April 11 commission meeting, multiple residents praised the commission for its work on Mickel Park. Formerly known as Mickel Field, the park was renamed after it was redeveloped in 2015 in an effort to make it more utilized by residents and discourage its use by criminals and drug users. Patrick Caan, director of the Leisure Services Department, said the Music at Mickel Concert Series, a monthly series of musical performances, has also become popular.
The improvements include estate-style fencing, a police substation, walking trail, pavilion, concert performance area, volleyball court, additional bathroom, fitness equipment stations and shade canopies. Those improvements cost the city $1.5 million – $744,000 came from a bank loan and the rest came from the city’s general funds, impact fees and grants.
The playground and water feature are the last phase of that redevelopment and will be funded through $356,752 grant the city received from Broward County and a $50,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program. The estimated cost is $313,908.
Part of the money has already been used to install an electric vehicle charging station and replace the park lights with LED lighting fixtures. The city has hired MBR Construction to build the playground and water feature. MBR has been used on multiple city projects, including the construction of the current City Hall.
Once MBR demolishes the existing playground, it will install poured-in-place rubberized flooring, build a shade structure and a surrounding fence.
“The water play area features have been selected based on minimum water usage and attractiveness to children. The flooring will include "cool deck" material. The water from the area will be drained onto the existing park swales and landscaped areas. City staff will be able to control the duration of use of the water for this amenity,” wrote Todd DeJesus, special projects and grants manager.