Update on City of Inverness Capital Projects
Inverness Infantry Memorial is a special project to the community that will find its new home outside the west wing of City Hall at 212 W. Main Street, Inverness. The lifelike bronze soldier statutes will be placed upon a double tiered granite pedestal that will be surrounded by a granite wall and benches. Lighting, landscaping and flag mounts will round out an impactful display. The anticipated ribbon cutting will occur in January or February of 2018.
The Inverness City Garden is about healthy gardening and diet, and started construction in August 2017. The project is in collaboration with Food Generation, an Inverness nonprofit. Food Generation will manage the Garden and educate the community on seasonal gardening and positive health habits. This garden will feature raised beds with organic soil and fertilizers with gardening classes for all ages. The Garden is coming to the intersection of Martin Luther King Avenue and Dampier Street in downtown Inverness.
Cooter Pond renovations are completed, and include boardwalk lighting, structural improvements, landscape enhancements and new fencing. A ribbon cutting will take place in late summer 2017.
Downtown Streetscape new trees, brick pavers, paint, lighting and bicycle parking spaces were added to the downtown areas around Courthouse Square and parts of Pine Avenue.
Highland Boulevard project will transform into a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly boulevard, decorated with impressive lighting, benches, bollards, and a cycling lane and enhanced medians leading into Inverness’ medical corridor. New additions include flowering and canopy trees, new sidewalk and pedestal lights. This road project anticipated opens the end of August 2017.
2018 and Beyond
Inverness Visitor Center will be in the heart of downtown, walking distance from three waterfront parks, the Withlacoochee Bicycle Trail and Courthouse Square. This will be the epicenter of promoting Inverness as a destination via marketing and events. This new building is going in with additional parking spaces. This will be located at Martin Luther King Avenue and Dampier Street in downtown Inverness, and anticipated opening is winter of 2018.
Inverness Depot District
There’s a “Synergy Plan” to make dramatic improvements top attractions along the waterfront and bike trail area:
* Liberty Park will include a floating stage, bicycle parking, playground, enhanced landscaping, waterfront overlook and restrooms.
* Wallace Brooks Park will house a boater-friendly dock for motorized and non-motor vessels, and pavilion.
* The Inverness Depot District will renovate the historic train station and depot building. The improvements will place Inverness as a top stop along the popular Withlacoochee State Trail with interaction of the parks amenities with the renovation of the historic train depot area. The Inverness Depot will one day be home to a neighborhood market and artisanal goods. More to come as plans progress and finalize.