LYNN HAVEN, Fla. - One of the most iconic stops in Lynn Haven is getting more upgrades. A groundbreaking at Leslie Porter Wayside Park Thursday afternoon kick-started boat ramp improvements.
Porter Park is a staple not only in the Lynn Haven community, but Bay County as a whole.
"Porter Park is our busiest park in Lynn Haven, and it's really an iconic park. As you cross the bridge coming from the north, it's the first thing you see. It's a walkable park. Children from all over Lynn Haven come here to swim, their parents to the playground," said Mayor of Lynn Haven Margo Anderson.
That's why a makeover will benefit the entire community. The groundbreaking began phase two of a multi-phase project to renovate the park by improving the boat ramp and docks. New, pre-cast concrete ramps along with contemporary fixed and floating docks will replace the ones that are currently there.
"The boat ramp is one of the busiest in Bay County because we're right here on the bay and right under the bridge and not very far to "the pass" so I think that residents are going to see that this is just going to be a wonderful amenity to our town," said Anderson.
And the best part? All of the renovations to the park won't cost residents a dime.
"The boat ramps are phase two and phase three will be our improvements to more restrooms, more playground equipment, more beach improvements, and the most beautiful thing about every improvement is it is funded by grants. This is not taking away from infrastructure or other tax supported projects for the residents," said Anderson.
Mayor Anderson says she is just as excited as the community for the upgrades to be ready for public use.
"I've got a little twenty-three foot boat and can't wait to put it right back in the water there," said Anderson.
The boat ramps will be temporarily closed starting February 12th. The projected completion for the renovation is May 10th.
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