Join the party on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. when the City of New Smyrna Beach will host a ribbon cutting celebration to commemorate completion of a new playground on Pettis Park at 800 Mary Ave.
Following remarks by city leaders and a ceremonial ribbon cutting, dozens of children from the city’s Alonzo “Babe” James Community Center after-school program and nearby Boys & Girls Club will enjoy the new equipment with musical accompaniment and refreshments provided by city staff.
“We have received an incredible amount of positive feedback during our efforts to upgrade our city’s recreational amenities over the last year, and we’re proud to officially recognize this latest example,” said Maintenance Operations Director Faith Miller. “Our focus on Historic Westside will continue by resurfacing the existing basketball courts on Pettis Park and building a new splash pad at ‘Babe’ James later this year.”
Both the playground and basketball court improvements are funded in part by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) process, which is coordinated by Community Resources Coordinator Irma Terry.
“The CDBG process provides funds to meet community development needs and requires ongoing communication between the contractor, city, and county to ensure projects are completed within established guidelines,” she said. “I am excited we were able to upgrade Pettis Park for the community. Play is so vital to our professional paths, creativity, purpose, relationships, personal well-being, and connection to life.”
Immediately adjacent to both the Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum and Boys & Girls Club, Pettis Park covers four acres in the city’s Historic Westside neighborhood. In addition to the new playground, it features large covered pavilions with cooking and restroom facilities, a multi-purpose field, double skate bowl, fitness stations, and courts for basketball, Pickleball, racquetball, and tennis.