By Tammy Roberts
By the end of the year, residents and visitors will have a new place to stay active with the completion of the Canova Beach Park expansion project.
The long-standing park, at the east end of Eau Gallie Boulevard in Indian Harbour Beach, will expand to the north about 3.3 acres, said Joan Van Sickle, Brevard County parks construction manager. The current Canova Beach Park is about 9 acres.
The new construction site, which was donated by the Patricia A. Kosinski Trust, will feature a 2,900-square-foot community center, a 20 by 20-foot picnic pavilion, children's playground and 64-space parking lot. New lighting and landscaping will also be added to the site.
The current beach access at Wallace Avenue will serve as the primary entrance to the beach.
"This area has been wooded for a long time now; I think a new park would be great for the community," said Valerie Riser, who walks the nearby beach every other morning. "The increased parking is (something) I know a lot of people would appreciate, too."
Operated by the county, the community center will be named in honor of longtime resident Irene H. Canova and will be used for event rentals and various community classes.
The construction budget for the project is $674,339, Ms. Van Sickle said. McBayne Construction of Miramar was hired as the contractor and Architects in Association Rood and Zwick of Cocoa will be designing the new park and its amenities.
The project is scheduled to be completed by November.