Fairhope presents Working Waterfront Conceptual Plan
Project Engineers, Planners and Landscape Architects for the City of Fairhope’s $6.2 million RESTORE (Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies) Act Grant from the U.S. Department of Treasury presented a preliminary conceptual plan at the April 27th City Council Work Session. The purpose of the project is to make safe and user-friendly improvements to the 10-acre South Beach Park area (Municipal Pier) to enhance citizens’ use of the waterfront park facilities while ensuring the park’s long-term resiliency and sustainability. This grant is part of the State of Alabama’s RESTORE Act Direct Component funds that promote economic development and tourism.
Plan development for the South Beach Park Project, thus far, has involved the expertise of professional engineers from a variety of disciplines, key city staff and elected officials, an independent steering committee, and state and federal funding agency representatives. The improvements proposed to be made at the site were determined utilizing public input gathered at the State of the City meeting, a City-wide Project Input Survey and several Public Engagement Meetings. Main components of the proposed activities include stabilization of the steep eroding bluff, a new sand beach area with jetties for storm protection, a new gateway showcasing the pier entrance, rehabilitation of the existing parking facilities and circular drive, the addition of greenspace terraced steps and gallery style seating, new restroom facilities and pavilions, and intersection improvements at the park entrance. Project Engineers will use this conceptual plan to begin the engineering design phase of the project. The Engineering Team will make design presentations to key staff and the Council as the project progresses.
The City of Fairhope is proud to be the first municipality in the State of Alabama to be this far along in the implementation phase of a RESTORE Act funded project. These grant funds, though restrictive in nature, will provide invaluable assets to our City at no cost to our citizens.
This month, the City was awarded two additional grants as part of the State’s RESTORE Act Spill Impact Component. One grant for $10 million will rehabilitate the City’s existing sewer system in order to reduce the frequency of Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO’s), thus improving service reliability, protecting public health and improving the water quality of Mobile Bay. Another grant for $650,000 will create a community-driven comprehensive land use plan for the City of Fairhope to address our rapid growth.”