New renderings of Howell Park show a sprawling green space with a fishing lake and pier, a challenge course and an adventure playground in place of the Howell Park Golf Course.
The BREC commission voted last month to shutter the golf course, which a National Golf Foundation consultant found was BREC’s most underutilized and making the least amount of money. BREC held numerous meetings with residents who live nearby Howell and asked them what they would prefer in place of the golf course.
The most popular responses are being incorporated into $2.5 million in improvements to the park. The BREC Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on those improvements this week, and BREC officials say they are hopeful that construction could start in the summer of 2016.
With the current budget, the park is looking at a handful of new amenities. A small remnant of the golf course will remain, with Howell’s First Tee program that teaches children how to play golf.
The challenge course — similar to a ropes course — will stand next to the playground and fishing lake. A walking and jogging track will wrap around them.
BREC is also adding lighted, multi-purpose fields and a dog park to the space.
If BREC is able to secure more money for park improvements, officials are also hoping to add a boathouse to the fishing lake and improvements to the recreation center. They have also designed more event spaces and pavilions.
The BREC Board of Commissioners meeting is at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the BREC Headquarters at 6201 Florida Boulevard.