PORT ST. LUCIE — The city will develop park facilities around Lake Harvey in St. Lucie West to give neighborhood residents a much-needed place to exercise, the City Council decided Monday.
A key feature is an 8-foot-wide multi-use path that will wind around the lake and through the wetlands. There also will be a fitness station, gazebo, several concrete seating areas and several pergola shade structures with benches.
The St. Lucie West Services District agreed to chip in $50,000 to transport 50 royal palm trees to Lake Harvey from the McCarty Ranch Extension, said District Manager and Utilities Director Dennis Pickle.
The trees will partially replace the landscape buffer removed to make way for the lakes.
Councilman John Carvelli said it’s important to beautify the the northwest corner of St. Lucie West and Cashmere boulevards.
City officials are seeking contributions from businesses, homeowners associations and other organizations to help pay for the park amenities. So far, $1,100 has been received.
“We want to try reach out as much as we can to get the community to partner with us,” said Assistant City Manager Patricia Roebling. “Right now, staff is not asking for money to be appropriated.”
Lake Harvey was completed in November to improve drainage and water quality in northeastern St. Lucie West, Pickle said. Lakes cover 2.3 acres and wetlands cover 4.1 acres on the 12.5-acre property.
The project cost $5.5 million for land and construction, Pickle said. It was named after Harvey Cutler, who served on the services district board from 2007 until his death in 2015.
Stormwater drains more rapidly in the Kings Isle, Beford Lakes and Sun Terrace subdivisions as a result of the construction of Lake Harvey, Pickle said.
Lake Harvey is one of three major drainage projects undertaken by the services district.
The services district also made improvements to two drainage outlets that flow into the Turnpike Canal.
In addition, the services district plans is negotiating to purchase a 13-acre section of the St. Lucie Trail Golf Course for drainage facilities, Pickle said.