Jones Edmunds provided civil engineering design services and construction-phase technical support related to paving improvements, campground improvements, building additions, and ADA access at Highlands Hammock State Park for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). Our design services included collecting information on existing conditions, designing the improvements and meeting with permitting agencies. We also prepared permit applications, cost opinions for the improvements, and final drawings and technical specifications for FDEP’s use in bidding and construction. We designed and constructed project improvements in two phases. Phase 1 included improvements at three areas:
- Scenic Bike Path – Adding a 4-foot-wide paved bicycle lane adjacent to the one-way 3-mile-long scenic loop to allow visitors to access the park’s 9 trails. The bike path loop encompasses the park’s storied hardwood hammock forest. Bicyclists can now enjoy the ride along a dedicated bike lane, better-protected from vehicles that share the scenic loop.
- Camping Area – Paving loop roads and adding ADA access to a restroom and a bathhouse. We also added the parking area in front of the Recreation Center to address drainage issues at the access to the building.
- Picnic Area – Adding building additions including a restroom facility and two pavilions that can be accessed via concrete sidewalks. These structures include historical architectural elements of adjacent structures at the park.
Phase 2 included improvements at the following sites:
- Equestrian Camping Area – Adding six to eight camp sites, a horse pasture area, a paddock, tether areas, bathhouse building, and on-site utilities.
- 7-Lakes Day Use Area – Adding a new restroom building with a front porch and a small park ranger office, two pavilions accessible by concrete sidewalks, and paved handicap parking.