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At the Cocoa City Council meeting on May 23, 2019, Council approved a design concept for the Riverfront Park Promenade and Overlooks Project to replace the boardwalk in Riverfront Park that was destroyed during Hurricane Irma. The new design features an 18" high knee wall with a landscaped area between the wall and the walkway and a sign wall with the Cocoa logo in the middle of the promenade facing out towards the Indian River Lagoon.
A public meeting was held shortly after Hurricane Irma swept through the area and caused extensive damage to Cocoa's waterfront, where residents were able to give input on their vision for the future of Cocoa's waterfront. A result of this meeting was a revised Waterfront Master Plan which outlines the future plans for Cocoa's waterfront and lays out priorities and costs for each project. This plan is part of Cocoa's Community Redevelopment Agency Plan.
The City of Cocoa made temporary repairs to both Lee Wenner Park and Riverfront Park shortly after feeling the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Among those repairs were minimal shoreline stabilization to stop further erosion, repairs to sidewalks, repairs to the boat launch are and securing the walkway and rails between Lee Wenner Park and Riverfront Park.
The proposed plan will make the waterfront more engaging for residents and visitors alike by offering two river overlooks. It will also improve the resiliency of the waterfront area to any future hurricane damage and other storm events. Funding for the project will come from a variety of sources including FEMA storm reimbursement funds, FIND grants and the City's general fund and is scheduled to be substantially complete by March of 2020.
Riverfront Park is a gathering and entertainment hub for the Historic Cocoa Village area with a band shell and entertainment space that is host to many special events throughout the year.