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Progress being made on new Cristobal Waterfront Park in Mary Esther

Progress is being made on the new Cristobal Landing Waterfront Park in Mary Esther. In November, 2023, the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners approved a $289,092 task order for MRD Associates to […]

Source: Okaloosa County Public Information Office

Progress is being made on the new Cristobal Landing Waterfront Park in Mary Esther.

  • The sound side lot on Cristobal Road has been cleared to make way for a new public park in partnership with the City of Mary Esther.

In November, 2023, the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners approved a $289,092 task order for MRD Associates to provide permitting, design and construction services for the proposed 1.15 acre park.

The county is splitting the task order cost with the city of Mary Esther under an interlocal agreement in which the county will lead development of the park before handing over ownership and operations to the city upon completion.

  • Planned amenities at Cristobal Waterfront Park include parking, sidewalks, a fishing pier, boardwalk, canoe/kayak launch, gazebos and restrooms. The project will also involve environmental permitting through the state Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The park is completely funded using tourism bed tax revenue. According to the county, the park will now enter the planning phase in the coming months followed by construction.

Once complete, the park will be maintained by the City of Mary Esther.

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