UPDATE: This is an active project. FEMA made the formal award announcement in March 2019. At the end of July VITAL met with the VITEMA team to Kick-Off the project. The project is valued at $2,000,000 dollars. It is divided into 2 Phases with 1 million per phase. VITAL is now securing the property, contracting with Engineers and preparing for permitting needs that will address the water mitigation requirements in the phase II.
This project entails the purchase of 50 Acres of land for a Public Access Park and Conservation Area in the Spring Gut Valley. The property will be deeded to the Dept. of Agriculture. Funding has been secured through a successful application for a FEMA Flood Hazard Mitigation Grant with a budget of 2-Million dollars. The funding will purchase the properties and will correct flood water mitigation that had resulted in damage to the Seven Day Adventist School and nearby communities. Once the water mitigation is complete a pathway connection will be created joining the Spring Gut Road to the By-Pass. This site will be blended into the plans for the Spring Gut Federal Road #85 Project to ensure proper entrances, parking and pedestrian crossings. The proposed Park will be a public green space to complement the road project.
The 50 Acre land acquisition landscape design and Park advanced features will need to be funded separately from this grant application. If funding can be identified features will include: an outdoor boulder lecture hall, Open-Air Pavilion, limited mobility gardens and water feature, storytelling circle, outdoor gym exercise equipment, picnic tables, removal of invasive species, planting of native species trees, trails of various levels of difficulty connecting to Sundial Park and hillsides trails with lookouts and rest spots, entrance into the Park, instillation of a 10-blade windmill over the existing well, signage, historical information, coal making demonstration site, pedestrian bridge over the Spring Gut on the Property and instillation of a self-contained approved compost toilet unit.
This project is supported by the DPW, Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Sports, Parks and Recreation, the Seven Day Adventist School, Mahogany Welcome and Tulipan Welcome Homeowners Associations and residence in the Flamboyant Welcome Community, the Dept. of Health and CDC Walkability Teams, AARP of the Virgin Islands and the Dept. of Tourism.