This project will be the City’s s second hybrid design incorporating a structural seawall with a living shoreline. The seawall rehabilitation was designed to protect several mangroves trees in the area and to allow for planting of additional mangrove trees, as well as other native and resilient wetland plants near the shore.
These improvements will not only revitalize the waterfront, but also enhance the surrounding riparian and intertidal environment by creating new habitat for aquatic and terrestrial species and improving water quality via filtration of upland run-off.
The scope of work for this project also includes the removal of invasive, exotic trees and plants along the seawall. In order to protect the existing mangroves, several trees within the park will also need to be removed to accommodate the installation and proper bracing of the new seawall. This canopy will be mitigated with 27 trees, including green buttonwood, gumbo limbo, sea grape, pitch apple, and a mix of mangrove species. All trees that will be removed have been permitted and will be tagged prior to removal.
The project shall be executed in two phases. The first phase includes the installation of the structural seawall and the removal of the referenced invasive trees and plants. The second phase includes the installation of the new living shoreline; an overlook deck that will connect park users to the living seawall’s edge; improved pathways and site furniture; and pedestrian lighting to enhance security and safety.