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Mayor Purzycki Issues a Progress Report on the Renovation of Eden Park

Post Date:03/04/2019 10:30 AM

The $2.4 million park redo will provide more recreation opportunities and increase public access to the popular South Wilmington facility

eden playground rendering

Eden Park playground rendering

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki said today that he is pleased with the progress being made on the City’s $2.4 million reconstruction of Eden Park in South Wilmington. The Mayor toured the park last week to check on the redesign of the park pools and athletic fields. Last October, Mayor Purzycki announced the Eden Park project at the same time he unveiled plans for the reconstruction of Baynard Stadium in partnership with Salesianum School.

“The renovations to Eden Park – which will include a new turf field, swimming pool upgrades, new playground facilities and a refurbished picnic area – are proceeding on schedule and will provide more recreation opportunities for the citizens of Wilmington’s Southbridge section, especially our young people,” said Mayor Purzycki. “The plan will not only beautify and vastly improve the park’s facilities, but it will increase public access.”

Today’s update from the Mayor includes photos of the current construction along with renderings of the finished park designs. The project is expected to be completed by this summer.

The following is a summary of the planned improvements to the Eden Park athletic field, swimming pool, playground and picnic area, as well as the current status of each:

  • The City will build a new multi-purpose, synthetic turf, full-size athletic field suitable for the sports of football, soccer and lacrosse; current athletic field lights and bleachers will remain in place. [Currently under construction]
  • The City will re-grade and seed an existing sports field which is adjacent to the new turf field, making it available as a practice field or for events such as flag football and rugby. [Currently under construction]
  • The City will add a new athletic field scoreboard.
  • The City will install new fencing to border the athletic field.
  • The City will resurface the basketball court, add new backboards, and remove the current fencing which prohibits movement of players.
  • The City will paint and recoat three park pools (five-foot depth, three-foot depth and a baby pool). [Upgrades have begun]
  • The City will upgrade the pool filtration systems so each pool has its own system. [Upgrades have begun]
  • The City will create a relaxation area adjacent to the pools so family members can keep watch on their children. [Upgrades have begun]
  • The City will add an umbrella spray feature to the pool complex. [Upgrades have begun]
  • The City will replace park playground equipment and add a synthetic mulch playing surface to protect children from falls. [Request for Proposals to be released in March]
  • The City will upgrade park picnic pavilions and install new picnic tables. [Request for Proposals to be released in March]
  • The City will refurbish and seal coat the park’s parking lot. [Request for Proposals to be released in March]

Here is a link to a photo album of the construction underway at Eden Park:

eden pavilion rendering

Rendering of the new pavilions at Eden Park

eden park swimming pool rendering

Eden Park swimming pools rendering

eden park playground_proposed

Eden Park basketball court rendering

eden park football field rendering

Eden Park football field rendering

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