It may be an empty lot now, but in a matter of months, this area will be transformed. Both Walton County officials and school district representatives are working on projects to help with the growth in South Walton.
Last May, the Walton County Commission approved the building of a new sports complex off Highway 98 in Santa Rosa Beach. This came to light after many parents came forward and said the county's current facilities didn't meet all the needs for their kids.
"We are hoping by putting this in the south end, we can certainly give more athletic opportunities to our youth but also just families as a whole to come out and enjoy this property," said Louis Svehla, Public Information Officer for the county.
Meanwhile, the school district has also seen major growth in the south end.
"Butler Elementary and Bay are both at capacity right now and we see a growth in the primary grades and Pre-K moving forward," said Mark Gardner, Director of Facilities for the School District.
Both the sports complex and the school will be in the same location. The county and school district have been meeting to discuss splitting the cost of things like utilities, water, and even the road that will give access to these facilities.
"If we build the boulevard and share that cost up front and share that development, then we are doing diligent work to put it in right the first time," said Gardner.
"It allows us to continue this relationship to further development of these parcels," said Svehla.
The county is still in the negotiation phase with a firm they have selected to design the sports complex. Once they come to an agreement, a draft design for the complex could be brought to Commissioners within 90 days. As for school district officials, in the coming months they will start looking for someone to design their school as well.
Now at this same location a property owner is looking to build some housing and businesses. These plans however, have not been approved, and are still in the discussion phase.
South Walton Annex
31 Coastal Centre Blvd
Santa Rosa Beach, FL
The Walton County Board of County Commissioners wants your help in designing the South Walton Sports Complex! Join us on the evening of April 29th to learn more about our South Walton Sports Complex Master Planning process.
Representatives from our Planning and Design Consultants, Lose & Associates, will be on hand to discuss the upcoming planning and design process and take input from the public. This will be the first of several meetings and will kick-off the planning and design process. Further meetings will be held at a later date once plan recommendations are ready for public review.
On July 18, the Walton County Board of County
Commissioners awarded the Invitation to Bid (ITB) for
the new Sports Park that will be built in south Walton
County to CW Roberts Construction.
The awarding of the ITB at that time was
contingent upon Walton County staff working with CW
Roberts to value engineering the design that was created
by the design firm to meet the county’s budgeted funding
amount of $6,134,000.
Since the awarding of the ITB, the staff has
been working diligently to value engineer the design to
cut costs, as well as keep several important design and
functional elements in the park that will give it a south
Walton County charm.
During the scheduled BCC meeting that will be
held on September 12th, staff will present a contract for
approval for construction by the BCC.
Upon approval of the contract, CW Roberts could
begin construction within 45 days. Once construction has
begun, the timeline for complete park construction is 360
On Wednesday, November 6, at 10:00am, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners, will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Ceremony for the new Walton County Sports Complex.
The event will take place at the Walton County Sports Complex located at 240 MC Davis Blvd, Santa Rosa Beach. The facility is located behind the new Dune Lake Elementary School.
This Complex offers a number of amenities to the public that improve the sports and recreational opportunities in the area. The park features:
A lighted multi-use field complex that features 3 full-sized multi-use fields
A lighted 3-field baseball/softball complex
A restroom/concession building
A separate restroom facility located adjacent to the multi-use complex
Large parking area
The Walton County Sports Complex is a project that began in April of 2014 with the purchase of 32 acres of land from Forest View, LLC, in the amount of $2.4 million. Following the purchase, the design of the park was awarded to and completed by Lose & Associates. Upon completion of design, the construction contract was awarded to CW Roberts in July of 2017.
Construction began in August of 2017 and has now reached it completion.
The addition of these fields adds much needed support to our areas recreational youth sports programs as well as provides an additional opportunity for family recreation south of the bay.