Consultant sought to plan & design 220-acre Horizon West Regional Park

Bob Moser
GrowthSpotter

Orange County wants to hire a project manager and engineer to develop a Master Plan and first phase of design documents for the 220-acre Horizon West Regional Park, according to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued this week. 

Located in Winter Garden west of S.R. 429 and east of Tiny Road, what is now a passive park site will border to the southwest the Hamlin Groves Trail Extension, a road being built this year that will connect the adjacent Hamlin development.

The main objective of this project is to develop a MP for the entire park, which may take several years and multiple construction phases to build out.

The job will also include producing Phase 1 design and construction documents for a specified area of the park, to be determined later by available funds, county meetings and public feedback. 

In 2003, the first concept plan for the Horizon West Regional Park was developed, which included various athletic fields. The park site was bought in 2007 by Orange County and the city of Orlando, with the intention of furthering that initial concept plan and building a regional sports complex.

In 2015, a Sports Complex Market & Feasibility Study update was performed that provided development scenarios and phasing options. That focused primarily on athletic fields. 

But in recent years, multiple sports complexes have been built in the region, reducing demand for athletic fields at this future park. In addition, a community survey in 2016 showed that local residents favored playgrounds, nature trails and other non-athletic uses. 

In 2016, a third concept plan was developed which included not only athletic fields, but a dog park, "adventure park," pavilions and other uses. 

Within the past few years, the county has also been approached by private organizations that want to discuss potential partnerships and sponsorships for park development and ongoing operations. 

As a result, Orange County wants to produce a current and comprehensive plan to address the growing interest in Horizon West park programming, and to identify this site as a signature park for the entire county.

Horizon West Regional Park is anticipated to have a countywide, and potentially multi-county, service area. Orange County's population was 1.28 million in 2016, with up to 1.89 million expected by 2040, according to Bureau of Economic and Business Research data cited in the RFP. 

The county is looking for a project manager with experience in the past 10 years managing a Master Plan for an existing or proposed park of more than 50 acres.

That work experience should include public outreach, concept plans, phasing and implementation recommendations, formal presentations, master plan documents, cost estimates, park partnerships and funding resources, and maintenance and operation recommendations.

Experience with a similar scope is sought for the project engineer, who would have a lead role in preliminary and final design services, permitting, bidding and contract evaluation, and construction administration.

Applications are due by March 15 at 2 p.m. to the county's Procurement Division. A pre-proposal conference will be held Feb. 19 at 1 p.m., at the Barnett Park Administration Building. 

Full documents for RFP no. Y18-807-TA can be found through Orange County's Procurement Division webpage. 

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