Imagine Clearwater, the $64.5 million transformation of Coachman Park into a 24-acre urban waterfront park development, came one step closer to reality today with the release of design and construction documents – renderings – from Stantec, the firm responsible for re-making Tampa’s Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park and Water Street Tampa.
“Imagine Clearwater,” said Mayor Frank Hibbard in a prepared statement, “is a generational project, one that we believe will serve Clearwater families and guests for decades to come. Finally, we will be taking full advantage of our unique downtown waterfront.”
Designed to connect the waterfront and the downtown community, Imagine Clearwater includes an expansive park and recreational spaces, a gateway plaza and bluff walk that connects the park to downtown, a bay walk promenade overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, and a lake area with picnic shelters.
The reduced parking area and addition of ride share drop-off areas aim to reduce vehicular traffic and promote walkability and the use of public transportation. To bring he local art community inside the envelope, Stantec will incorporate spaces throughout to provide the a blank canvas for featuring art installations that showcase the community and its culture.
The additions to Coachman Park also include an outdoor performance bandshell and stage with covered seating for 4,000.
Said Hamid Sahebkar, Stantec principal and project manager for Imagine Clearwater: “The Imagine Clearwater project illustrates how important parks like this are to our communities. We look forward to our continued work with the city in seeing this vision for Coachman Park come to fruition.”
The groundbreaking ceremony for Imagine Clearwater will take place at 9 a.m. Monday, May 24.