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Posted on: June 19, 2017

Joe Harris Park Closed for Renovation through December 2017

A complete makeover of Joe Harris Park, the city-owned property between Mary McLeod Bethune and Pearl streets near Bethune-Cookman University, began on June 19. City leaders hope the $300,000 revitalization project will transform the existing urban park into a highly accessible and flexible series of outdoor spaces which will accommodate families, students, events and multiple outdoor activities. 

The park’s new design loosely divides the outdoor space into four “zones” organized around two pedestrian cross axes that reach out to the existing urban and residential contexts.  The park “zones” will include large open lawns, covered shelters with picnic tables, a playground, linear tree canopies and basketball courts.

The park's new functional design makes the 2-acre site seem much larger by creating a sequence of overlapping outdoor spaces while still preserving a sense of openness and cohesion as a single place.

The present recreational staples like the basketball courts and playground features will remain; however, both amenities will be updated. The four lighted basketball courts will be reconfigured into two full-size courts. The existing, random playground equipment will be replaced with high-end features including a 16” climbing net and several spinning apparatuses tailored to children ages 3 to 8 years old. To provide additional safety, a cushioned “fall zone” will installed as the flooring, and a 2-foot bench wall will be built to delineate the children’s play area.

Landscaping will be greatly improved by installing irrigation, planting vegetation, up-lighting trees and having two large open areas.

Joe Harris Park will be closed from June 19, 2017 through December 2017. 

Throughout the past year, improvements to the park were recommended by a citizens committee organized by the city of Daytona Beach. The committee will reconvene to make recommendations for future programming. If you’re interested in providing input on programming, please contact Assistant City Manager Betty Goodman at (386)671-8207 or

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