Charlotte County, Florida
Weiler Engineering Corporation (WEC) was contracted by Charlotte County to develop the Sunrise Park Master Plan. This task required WEC staff to conduct public outreach, obtain a completed survey, and draft landscape design. The design included a playground, improved kayak launch, tennis courts, restroom facilities, community building, associated parking, concept stormwater management system, and infrastructure connections. In order to provide adequate design alternative WEC believed it was important to conduct a survey of what the Charlotte County residents wanted to see at the park. WEC staff spent 6 hours at a Charlotte County event at Bayshore Park talking to over 100 residents and received lots of great feedback and also recognized that many residents did not know the park existed. The outcome of the survey included the addition of nature trails, a splash pad, and many residents eager to see the park’s development.
Utilizing this information and the information obtained during the Parks & Recreation Master Plan. WEC worked with the County, and developed the Master Plan and concept Landscape Design/Artistic Features for the park. The site has over +15 acres of wetlands where the nature trail may impact. The design provides all the major features requested from the public and County while maintaining proper site circulation and minimizing wetland impacts to reduce possible mitigation costs incurred by the County.