One-Of-A-Kind Park Coming to The Port District

City awards construction contract for one-of-a-kind park at The Port District

June 16, 2022

A key element of the City’s riverfront Port District will soon become a reality after the City Council on Monday night approved a contract for the construction of the unique Pioneer Park Playground and other park improvements.

The City Council awarded a contract to Ferreira Construction, LLC., of Hobe Sound, FL, for the construction of the Park & Playground Infrastructure & Improvement Project along the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, located near Port St. Lucie’s Botanical Gardens at the southern end of The Port District.

This park site will be enhanced with improved infrastructure, parking, restrooms, event lawn, overwater stage and boardwalk connections, canoe/kayak launch, and upland trails, as well as a pad ready site for a waterfront restaurant. In addition, renovations to the historic Peacock Lodge will begin in the coming weeks, just to the east of the park project area.

The Pioneer Park Playground will include a one-of-a-kind play experience for visitors, unlike anything on the Treasure Coast. Custom play elements will include sensory play for all levels of physical capabilities, a climbable schooner and alligator, rope climbing structure, water play features, swings and other motion activities, 6’ chalk wall, sidewalks, landscaping, interpretive and wayfinding signage, safety surfacing, lighting and much more.

“The southern end of The Port District is about to be transformed into a destination like no other,” said Jennifer Davis, Community Redevelopment Agency Project Manager. “The redevelopment efforts the City is investing in eastern Port St. Lucie and along the North Fork of the St. Lucie River shows the City’s commitment in creating a one-of-a-kind recreation-based destination for all ages to enjoy.”

Ferreira Construction brings a multi-disciplined team to this unique project. Funding is made possible through a combination of Parks Impact Fees, Special Assessment District Revenue, and Reserves. Custom artwork on the site will be partially funded through a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

The site work is expected to take 270 days for completion.

For more information about The Port District’s Park and Playground Improvement Project, or other projects in The Port District, visit