The McCoys Creek Restoration Plan aims to reduce flooding, restore ecosystem health, expand recreational opportunities along the creek, and connect creek-side neighborhoods to the water. The project proposes to use natural channel design to transform McCoys Creek from an environmental concern into a community asset, building a functional ecosystem that can adapt and sustain itself over time. An enhanced and expanded floodplain will manage floodwater, reducing the intensity and frequency of flooding along the creek. Jacksonville’s Emerald Necklace greenway will link the creek with the region, and create a path for bicyclists and pedestrians to recreate and commute along the creek. Nodes of park spaces will line the creek, activating the edge and creating space for boardwalks, overlooks, ecology walks, sport fields, gardens, kayak launches, and playgrounds. The creek has a rich social and cultural history, which will be featured in educational signage and memorialized ‘stories’ along the creek.
- Groundwork Jacksonville