NEW PORT RICHEY — The city has hired a consultant to provide a future vision for the use of two of its most important properties: Sims Park and the historic Hacienda Hotel.
City Council members last week approved paying JAHarchitects LLC. $24,500 to come up with a master plan for the park and Hacienda. The city needs the plans as part of several grants it is seeking to make upgrades on both properties.
The master plan for Sims Park will include a design and location for a new playground, as officials say the one built more than two decades ago needs to be torn down.
Other possibilities for the park include identifying areas for boating facility upgrades, amphitheater improvements, installation of a walking/jogging trail, picnic facility locations, building a nature observation platform and restroom improvements, according to a JAHarchitects proposal.
The Tampa firm will also prepare a conceptual architectural master plan for the Hacienda, which will include possible uses and how to mesh its design with the park and surrounding neighborhood. That master plan will also include a landscaping design.