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Posted on: February 25, 2019

MONROE COUNTY CONTINUES REPAIRS AT 3 BIG PINE KEY PARKS AND HARRY HARRIS PARK IN TAVERNIER

Watson Field and Park reopens with fencing repairs made

Monroe County has hired several contractors to work simultaneously on projects to repair Hurricane Irma damage at several County parks. Here is an update:

  • At Watson Field, off Key Deer Boulevard, the tennis courts, dog park, and baseball field are now open to the public with the installation of new fencing and repairs nearing completion. 
  • At Big Pine Community Park at the end of Sands Road, the fencing project has started with new fencing to be installed at the basketball, skatepark, and tennis courts and along the perimeter. The basketball courts will undergo asphalt repairs. Damaged walking paths will be resurfaced. The projects will take several weeks to complete with temporary partial closures periodically for safety. As the tennis courts at Big Pine Community Park are under repair, patrons are encouraged to use the newly renovated fenced-in courts at Watson Field as an alternative.

“We are doing our best to keep access to the parks throughout the construction period,” Assistant County Administrator Kevin Wilson said. “To complete the project as quickly as possible, with the least amount of disruption, some areas like the tennis courts, basketball courts and skate parks may close for a short period of time to finish the fencing repairs safely and quickly.”

  • At Watson Field, Big Pine Community and Blue Heron parks, underground utility assessments ­are nearing completion. Once finished, the County will move forward with plumbing, electrical and irrigation repairs at the parks.
  • At Veterans Memorial Park at the west of the 7 Mile Bridge, an underground utility assessment is underway.
  • At Harry Harris Park in Tavernier, lighting repairs tentatively will be completed by the end of August. The ballfields will undergo turf replacement and irrigation repairs after the baseball season. The basketball court repairs are also in the planning stages to be completed in the coming months. Repairs to Wilkinson Point and the swim area jetty are in the design phase.

Monroe County is working as quickly as possible to repair all the hurricane damage at its parks and return them to full use. For more information about Monroe County’s 21 parks, go to the County’s website at: monroecounty-fl.gov/parks.

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