Volusia To Display New Hope Place Playground Plans


Daytona Beach, FL - Volusia County will unveil new plans this weekend for a playground at a family-oriented homeless shelter in Daytona Beach.

Those can be viewed publicly during a meeting on Saturday at the cafeteria of Hope Place on Derbyshire Road in Holly Hill, formerly the campus of Hurst Elementary School.

Among those expected to attend are Volusia County Council members Billie Wheeler and Heather Post.

County Parks, Recreation & Culture Director Tim Baylie says these new plans factor in comments made during a similar public meeting earlier this year. Some of the new tweaks include more benches, a barbecue pit and several water fountains.

Amenities in the original plan, such as two basketball courts, a multi-purpose field, a playground and a pavilion, are still in the plan, which could cost between $300,000 and $350,000 to build, per Baylie. Funding for the project would come from park impact fees.

Should the VCC approve this latest version, the project could be complete sometime next summer.

Families started moving into Hope Place - run by Halifax Urban Ministries - at the end of March after it was renovated, with the county contributing $3.5 million towards that project.


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