Sunshine Playground at South Beach Park
September 21, 2021
Phase 1 of the Sunshine Playground redesign is complete! We have an official design from PlaybyDesign. After several iterations, the new plans were revealed to the public on September 17th and 18th. We asked viewers if they were satisfied with the redesign of the park and the overwhelming response (over 95%) was yes!
The update to the park is focused on making sure families can enjoy a safe, fun, and all-ability-inclusive visit to the park. It includes fun for kids of all ages, lots of shade(!!!), and structure that pays homage to the original and other notable Jacksonville Beach landmarks. Scroll through the slideshow (below) for a preview!
- Will the redesign of the park affect the Splash Pad?
No. The splash pad will not be affected at all. It will operate under its normal hours and months of the year.
- Are you changing the Splash Pad?
This design is only for the playground. We are currently not changing anything with the splash pad, multi-purpose field, volleyball courts or skate park.
- When will the playground be closed?
We plan to break ground in late November or early December. Depending on material availability and construction, we plan to open in Spring 2022.
- What is happening with the mermaid archway?
We plan to renovate our mermaid as she is an iconic piece of this playground. We also plan to keep the pavilion and tiles in the playground as well.
- Will any of the trees or pavilions outside of the fence be removed to accommodate the larger “footprint” of the new playground?
As of right now, nothing outside of the perimeter will be removed or changed.
- Will there be more shade?
Yes, we will be installing shade sails over the main structure of the tot lot as well as a good portion of the “big kid” area.
- Is the new playground ADA inclusive?
Yes, many pieces (including the mid-level of the lifeguard tower) are accessible by wheelchair.
- What are the materials being used for the new playground?
The structure will be made of a composite wood and the flooring will be synthetic turf.
- What's happening with the original fence posts that were donate?
If you donated money for a fence post for the first-generation playground and would like to have it, please contact Molly Alleger at 904-247-6236.