The City of Titusville Water Resources Stormwater Division invites the public to attend the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Spaceview Park on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at 4 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the park located at 101 S. Washington Avenue, in historic downtown Titusville just south of Garden Street.
“The difference is amazing,” said Chuck Denman, City of Titusville Stormwater Administrator, as he compared today’s Spaceview Park with what the site looked like at the groundbreaking held just this past August. According to Mr. Denman, the park was designed to treat stormwater runoff from 114 acres of commercial property. “Detaining the stormwater in the wet detention pond will prevent sediment and trash from entering the Indian River Lagoon.” He added that the most exciting aspect of the park was that it would actively treat stormwater through alum injection. “An alum solution is injected into the stormwater. This causes fine particles of pollutants to combine into large particles that then settle out of the water,” he explained. Alum injection significantly reduces the amount of phosphorus, heavy metals, and suspended solids in stormwater discharge.
“Titusville residents should be proud of Spaceview Park,” Titusville’s Water Resources Director Raynetta Curry Grant added. Noting that the park included amenities such as a waterfall-type aerating fountain and space exploration exhibits, Ms. Grant commented that “Spaceview Park is not only a beautiful addition to our downtown, but it also enhances our stormwater treatment program. It is this type of proactive design that is necessary if we are to protect the Indian River Lagoon.”
Although the park is substantially complete, some portions of the project are still in progress. Signage for the park, as well as completion of the space exhibits, is scheduled to be completed within the next few months.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, light refreshments will be served in the City of Titusville Council Chamber located on the second floor of the City Hall, 555 S. Washington Avenue, Titusville.
Spaceview Park was made possible through funding provided by the Florida Recreation & Development Program, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Communities Trust, the Florida Department of Transportation, the St. Johns River Water Management District, the City of Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency, and the City of Titusville Water Resources Stormwater Utility.