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Gaines Park Community Center Community Design Forum

The City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Engineering will present the latest design for the expansion and renovations of the Gaines Park Community Center.

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Mayor James Welcomes 30 Student Interns to City Hall

Students Gain Experience, Education through Summer Program.

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Project Expected To Be Complete by Oct. 31
WHO:             The City of West Palm Beach
and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency
WHEN:          Tuesday, September 25, 2018
                        **(starting at approximately 9:00 a.m.)**
9:00 a.m. – first trees delivered and unloaded
                        10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – first trees to be planted
1:00 p.m. – second load of trees delivered, unloading and planting continues
                        **(times subject to change, dependent upon traffic)**
                        Wednesday, September 26, 2018
                        Additional trees being delivered and planted throughout the day
WHERE:       300 Block of Clematis Street, between S. Dixie Highway and S. Olive Ave. 
                        Downtown, West Palm Beach
WHAT:          The City of West Palm Beach and the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency are entering the final design stage of the anticipated Clematis Streetscape project with 15 big new oak trees to be planted this week.  The first of the 15 large oak trees, approximately 20-25 ft. tall, will be delivered to the 300 block of Clematis Street on Tuesday, September 25 starting at 9:00 a.m. (time subject to change), with installation beginning shortly afterwards.  Tree delivery and installation will continue throughout the day on Wednesday, September 26.  The oak trees are a part of the overall design plan to provide more shade on the street and make Clematis Street more pedestrian friendly. 
The tree installment marks the final stage on this project featuring the most noticeable design improvements including sidewalk pavers, street pavers, bicycle racks, landscaping, and more.  To date, Burkhardt Construction has completed all of the underground utility and irrigation work.  The project remains on budget and on time with an estimated completion of October 31. 
The Clematis Streetscape project seeks to make design improvements to Clematis Street that will elevate the experience and overall quality of life for Clematis merchants, residents and visitors.  After several public input meetings with Clematis Street merchants, other area merchants, stakeholders, residents and visitors, the City Commission voted to implement recommendations from the award-winning design team, Dover, Kohl & Partners.  Project highlights include:
  •           Creating a curbless street that prioritizes the pedestrian
  •           Narrowing the traffic lanes to slow travel speed for cars
  •           Adding high-visibility crosswalks and mid-block crossings
  •           Adding more regularly spaced shade trees
  •           Widening the sidewalk to allow more walkway space, dining space and furnished seating space
  •           Reducing parking spaces to make room for “people space”
Link contains design plan renderings for media use:
One of the City’s primary goals for the project is to shorten the construction schedule and minimize disruption to valued merchants with a multi-phased approach for the street improvements.  Phase two of the project is expected to begin in the summer of 2019 and will redesign two additional blocks.