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Palm Beach City Council to Receive Update on Phipps Ocean Park Master Plan

A year after presenting his proposed master plan for a redesign of Phipps Ocean Park, a Miami-based landscape architect will return to City Council on Tuesday to share an update.

At the regular council meeting at City Hall, Raymond Jungles Inc. will present a revised proposal to the original master plan.

Additionally, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, which is leading the renovation plans and raising funds for the estimated $19 million project, will be seeking City Council’s input on the plan to incorporate any necessary revisions before proceeding with the project. design development and drawing submission.

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The foundation, which funded the $160,000 cost for a phased master plan and survey of the park, plans to seek guidance from council on donor signage, the city’s commitment to the maintenance budget Planned annual project and invasive species removal, according to city records.

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The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach has been involved with Phipps Ocean Park since 1990 and operates its living history program at The Little Red Schoolhouse, a one-room schoolhouse built in 1886 that now serves as a place of learning for fourth graders of Palm Beach, Broward and Martin Counties.

Two years ago, the foundation commissioned Raymond Jungles to design a phased master plan for improving the park, and it worked closely with the architect on the development of the design.

Last June, City Council unanimously agreed to proceed with design development and permitting for the project.

The Little Red Schoolhouse will be moved to a more visible location in Phipps Ocean Park as part of redesign plans to be discussed on Tuesday.  The one-room schoolhouse built in 1886 serves as a place of learning for fourth-grade students from Palm Beach, Broward, and Martin counties.

Phipps Ocean Park, which sits just north of the Palm Beach Par 3 golf course in the city’s south, was donated by the Phipps family in 1948. It hasn’t undergone a major overhaul since it opened, according to the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. .

Redevelopment plans include moving the Little Red Schoolhouse to a more visible location in the park. Its new location will be near the base of a 22-foot beach dune.

The school will anchor the large Great Lawn to the west. A new feature to the north of the school is an outdoor classroom, which was designed in conjunction with the Garden Club of Palm Beach.

Also new is the wildflower garden near the north entrance to the park. Visitors and passers-by will be able to view the school through the wildflower garden and large lawn.

Other major elements of the plan include a new entrance; footpaths with educational checkpoints; a dune playground that will reinforce the historic and natural features of the park; a Horizon Plateau area that offers views of the ocean and the west side of the park; and a Coastal Restoration Center that will educate guests about native plant species.

The Preservation Foundation said it is on track to meet its fundraising goal of $25 million by the end of the 2022-23 season and plans to launch the project in June 2023. The groundbreaking of the restored Phipps Ocean Park is scheduled for early 2024.

Also on Tuesday, the board:

• Listen to a presentation on city-wide landfill and vote on two related resolutions.

• Vote on proposed ordinances that would change the fire prevention permit, fire prevention fee, and decibel level in Zone 4 of the city.

• Discuss potential closing times for Bradley Park and Lake Trail, protection of construction sites during storms, working hours for essential municipal services, and sea turtle nesting.

Council members will meet at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall. Members of the public can participate in person or virtually via Zoom.

The board will hold its monthly development review meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Those wishing to attend and make public comments may do so in person with public participation per CDC guidelines. The audience can also view and listen to the meeting via the Meeting Audio page.

Wearing a mask will be compulsory for public meetings at the town hall.

City Council Speaker Margaret Zeidman told the Daily News last week that the move was in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent recommendation to wear masks indoors due to the high rate of COVID positivity. -19 county.

To join the board meeting online, go to us06web.zoom.us/j/88573382779, phone: 929-436-2866, webinar ID: 885 7338 2779.

Jodie Wagner is a reporter for the Palm Beach Daily News, part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. You can reach her at [email protected] Help support our journalism. Subscribe today.