Davie Wetlands Park (formerly Van Kirk)
Davie Wetlands Park (formerly Van Kirk) is located on the northeast corner of S.W. 136th Avenue and S.W. 26th Street. This 115 acre property was purchased in 2002 with a combination of funding between the Town of Davie ($2.5 million), Florida Communities Trust ($4 million) and Broward County ($2.4 million). The purchase and grant commitments were to avoid a large development project and preserve the open space by creating a wetland and an upland with an education center and passive amenities. The project is currently planned to be developed with 50 acres of stormwater retention, 30 acres of wetlands and 35 acres of uplands including recreation amenities
In December 2019, the Town of Davie held a community meeting whereby residents were updated on the next steps regarding the development of the Davie Wetlands Park. Although the project timeline has been pushed back due to COVID-19, we are now prepared to start the clearing of the invasive vegetation from the entire 115-acre property.
In preparation for this phase, the Town conducted an animal survey and has taken all necessary precautions including the hiring of a contractor to trap and relocate animals prior to commencement of the operation. Beginning the week of May 25, 2020, the Town of Davie will mobilize our contractor to begin clearing the property of invasive plant species, including trees (click to view the project start notice). All Australian Pine trees along the perimeter of the property are to be removed. Most of the trees will be cut and then stump grinded. Debris will be chipped on site, if possible, otherwise debris will be removed through the gate located at SW 136 Avenue and SW 26 Street. The swale area north of SW 26th Street will have the entire root system removed and this area will be regraded and sodded. Subsequently, a guardrail will be installed along the road for safety.
During this removal process, the Town will protect approximately eight acres of existing wetland area delineated by Broward County and will preserve the native trees including the oak cluster on the north side of the property. The project hours will be 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday. The project is anticipated to be completed by October 2020.
In the coming months, the Town will begin the next steps towards designing the future Davie Wetlands Park. If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Osdel Larrea, Public Works and Capital Projects Director at 954-552-3798 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated May 22, 2020