The Vince Whibbs, Sr. Community Maritime Park is a master planned, public/private, urban renewal project on a 32-acre parcel located on Pensacola Bay, in Pensacola, Florida. The project is envisioned as a world-class, signature mixed-use development that will re-establish a dynamic public waterfront on the western half of Downtown Pensacola. The expansive public waterfront park includes a community multi-use facility suitable for baseball and other athletic events, festivals, and other community activities; a performing arts amphitheatre; undeveloped land suitable for commercial, office, retail, residential, restaurant, and entertainment development; grand promenades; and public parking.
The Community Maritime Park Conceptual Design was created by Urban Design Associates, Inc., adopted by the Pensacola City Council and ratified by the citizens of Pensacola via referendum in September 2006. The Design Criteria Package was created by an exceptional team of architects and engineers, including Caldwell Associates Architects, Urban Design Associates, HKS Architects, Sasaki, Inc., Hatch Mott MacDonald, Qore, Inc., and others.
The Community Maritime Park property, significant in Pensacola’s unequaled 450 years of history, was utilized as the Panton-Leslie trading post as early as 1784. The property saw many expansions and changes in use as the Pensacola waterfront evolved. Last utilized in the 80’s as a petroleum depot and sea-to-rail transfer station, the site has sat fallow
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