MOUNT DORA, Fla. — The City of Mount Dora Leisure Services have announced they plan to demolish Gilbert Park and begin construction on a new park. They are planning to begin the demolition of the playground on September 24, 2018. The park and facilities will remain open during demolition, but the playground will be closed and fenced off starting September 21, 2018.
Gibert Park was built in 1990 by Tremain Street and Liberty Avenue. Since it was initially built, it has started to rot and deteriorate. Most parks are normally built to last 18-20 years. As it is no longer compliant to the standards of the modern day ADA it was deemed necessary to undergo a change to the park.
After noticing that wood was rotting and bolts were rusting off of the playground, the City determined that they should tear it down and start off with a new idea.
On June 19, 2018, a company called KOMPAN brought the idea to the Mount Dora City Council during a workshop about Gilbert Park. They proposed that the playground should be demolished and the space be replaced with a pirate ship themed play area.
A date of completion is still to be announced, but the city is planning it to be within the near future.