Planning and Design
This project involved redeveloping a defunct golf course into a beautiful 163.5-acre regional destination that includes a nine-hole golf course (currently being used for disc golf); kayak, biking, and hiking trails; a sports center with meeting space, shops, and a café; a great lawn with picnic pavilions, playgrounds, and sand volleyball courts; and an interactive fountain. Part of the acreage was set aside for future development, such as a horticulture center, an arts center, a dog park, a senior center, and an amphitheater.
As lead consultant, Erdman Anthony directed the efforts of the golf course designer, landscape architect, and architect, and guided the internal civil engineering efforts.
Based on a previously approved master plan, we prepared the site plan and final construction documents. Our team designed the grading for the site, including the water bodies, which were intended to support aquatic plants. The project included irrigating the site with surface waters; therefore, we prepared the water-use permit for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).
Erdman Anthony prepared a soil- and groundwater-management plan to address issues from the previous golf course use. The plan included the following steps: containing the contaminated soils under landscape berms or impervious surfaces, thus removing the source of groundwater contamination; construction of lakes, converting much of the contaminated ground water to surface water, which has a higher allowable concentration level; and institutional controls so that no potable water wells are installed at the site.
We also prepared a dewatering plan for the construction effort and processed the construction dewatering permit through SFWMD, which involved close coordination with the contamination cleanup effort. The project involved a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, including a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit application from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which had been delegated authority from the U.S. EPA. The project also involved securing confirmation from the Army Corps of Engineers so that no permit was needed.
Our firm also prepared utility plans to provide water distribution, fire protection, and sanitary sewer collection, including a pump station and pretreatment grease traps. The design included addressing potential uses for the outparcels slated to be developed at a future date.
Sustainable Design Impact
Due to the site’s improvements, additional parking at the park was necessary, particularly during seasonal events. Our firm provided extra services to the village to design the additional parking lots, and the parking spaces were designed with a grass surface to contribute to the sustainability of the facility while meeting the infrastructure needs.