PSA: Palm Coast’s Holland Park to Close Feb. 2 as Major Renovation Begins

The City of Palm Coast’s oldest park will close beginning Monday, Feb. 2, for a major renovation to include a larger playground, improved dog park and all new playing courts.

Palm Coast, FL – January 26, 2015 – The City of Palm Coast’s oldest park – James F. Holland Memorial Park – will close beginning Monday, Feb. 2, for a major renovation to include a larger playground, improved dog park and all new playing courts.

The 26.76-acre park located at 18 Florida Park Drive will be closed to the public for approximately 15 months during Phase One of the renovation project.

Phase One will include a new loop road for entering and exiting the park; parking; lighting; perimeter trail; dog park (one area for large dogs, one area for small dogs); tennis and handball court renovations; fitness equipment; basketball courts with lighting; volleyball court; horseshoe pits; larger playground; and a new restroom building. The general contractor for the $4.28 million project will be Tumbleson White Contractors Inc. of Gainesville. The City received five bids, all from outside Flagler County.

While Holland Park is closed, the City recommends residents and visitors use other City and County parks. A full listing of City parks is available at Alternate facilities recommended include:

  • Bocci ball and shuffleboard – Linear Park
  • Tennis – Belle Terre Park, the Palm Coast Tennis Center and Seminole Woods Neighborhood Park
  • Dog Park – Wadsworth Park in Flagler Beach
  • Playgrounds – Linear Park, Palm Coast Community Center, Waterfront Park and more
  • Pavilions – Waterfront Park, Linear Park, Herschel King Park
  • Baseball and soccer – the City will work with youth sports teams to find other locations
  • Croquet – none available

Updates on the progress of renovation of Holland Park will be included in the Week In Review, posted every Friday evening at

The City asks for the public’s patience and understanding as it makes this important park renovation.

For more information, contact Cindi Lane, communications and marketing manager, at 386-986-3708.

Holland Memorial Park is accessed from Florida Park Drive, north of Palm Harbor Shopping Center (soon to be Island Walk).

Holland Memorial Park - Google Earth

2 replies
  1. George Edward Chuddy
    George Edward Chuddy says:

    Palm Coasts’ First Neighborhood Park

    Firstly, that is NOT Palm Coasts’ first Neighborhood Park. The first Neighborhood Park that we were shown and paid for was at the intersection of Palm Harbors’ Casper Drive and Cooper Lane; sadly what I/ we paid for was ‘…lost , sold, and transformed…’. I have, for many years, asked and asked and asked and asked the city council to RETURN it;

    Cc: ;
    Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 8:12 AM
    Subject: Re: St Josephs Plantation Outbuildings and Slave Quarters -Historic MARKER – can you help ?

    > Hi Ms. Shipley:
    > Good Evening to you.
    > You said that you would keep us ‘posted’ regarding Brigadeer General Jose
    > Martin Hernandezs’ third Plantation – St. Josephs Sugar Mill / Plantation .
    > Local online News Sources report that area a.k.a ‘ Holland Park ‘ is going
    > to be rehabbed. We do not see any reference to Heritage Historic MARKERS to
    > be placed there.
    > How perplexing that a local City Council person is recognized yet General
    > Hernandezs’ huge St. Josephs’ Plantation receives nothing ? Are there any
    > UPDATES about this / your efforts ?
    > Thank you very much.
    > Regards,
    > George

  2. George Edward Chuddy
    George Edward Chuddy says:

    Palm Coasts’ Heritage and History

    —– Original Message —–

    To: Lotane, Alissa Slade
    Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 8:03 AM
    Subject: ‘ St. Josephs’ Plantation / Slave Quarters / Out Buildings / etc.

    Dear Honorable Ms. Slade Lotane:
    Good Morning!
    Local News Sources indicate there will be renovations to the area of Brigadeer General Jose Martins Hernandezs’ St. Josephs Plantation / Slave Quarters / Outbuildings/ etc. Your offices have told us that PHASE II Archaeological Research was never completed as stated below:.

    ‘…a survey for the initial area development was completed in 1977; although, it appears that little actual field testing was performed. ..’


    ‘… Again, no actual excavations were undertaken, as per the report, Phase II work was being planned. Our office has no other reports indicating if Phase II work had been executed…’

    ( Above from Ms. Estabrook )

    May I ask if you / your offices have any Authority over this or for finally having Field Testing done or will that be another Heritage and Historic Area demolished and unrecognized forever? Sadly I do not recall if Dr. J. Norman Young, first Pres. of Levitt I.T.T. ever said if there were Graves from the St. Josephs’ Plantation there ; certainly the Graves are somewhere in / around this location, are there?

    Aditionally, will there be recognition i.e. Heritage Historic MARKER for ” Hernaldezs’ Landing ” a.k.a. ‘ Longs Landing ‘ a tad up the road from the above St. Josephs’ Plantation Site? It is hoped there is since Bridadeer Generals’ Jose Martins Hernandez’s Plantations: ‘ Bella Vista Plantation ‘ ( Now Washington Oaks) ‘ and his ‘ Mala Compra Plantation ‘ are recognized whilst his third Massive Plantation ‘ St. Josephs’ Plantation’ has nothing. How very sad is that.

    Thank you very much.
    Warm Regards,

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