The McCoy’s Creek Restoration & Recreation Plan received a 2021 Honor Award in Analysis & Planning from ASLA Florida.
This summer, restoration efforts kicked off along McCoy’s Creek—a stream flowing through an historic neighborhood in downtown Jacksonville. After its channelization in 1930, the creek became a community hazard, with chronic flooding, limited access and poor water quality. Fish and wildlife all but disappeared.
The McCoy’s Creek Restoration and Recreation Plan will utilize natural channel design to create a connective linear park with an expanded floodplain including lagoons, hydric hammocks and restored bottomland forests for public enjoyment.
The City of Jacksonville has committed $105.4 million to restore the creek, adding a paved pedestrian and bike path connecting the community into the larger Emerald Trail network. Recreational space will include active and passive greenspace, overlooks, fishing piers and a kayak launch.
At 6 PM ET tonight, tune into the virtual awards ceremony and hear from New Orleans Studio Director Chris Barnes. Register and watch here.