Feedback on Conceptual Designs for the Clarence R. Kelly Community Center (Blue Center) and Duval Park Master Plan Wanted


The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) invites residents to give feedback on conceptual designs for the Clarence R. Kelly Community Center (Blue Center), located at 1701 NE Eighth Ave., and Duval Park, located at 520 NE 21st St. Please join us to share your feedback Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 4-6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Duval Early Learning Academy, which is located at 2106 NE Eighth Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

Earlier this year, more than 175 people completed a survey about future improvements to the park. The open house is the next step in the conceptual planning and design process to create a master plan for Clarence R. Kelly Community Center (Blue Center) and Duval Park. Conceptual plans will be presented at various stations, as well an overview of the process and a summary of findings. Lastly, participants will have the opportunity to prioritize funding for the park features that are most important to them.

PRCA Director Steve Phillips explains, “Several of our older parks were developed without a master plan. Our community outreach efforts mirror our city’s efforts to be the most citizen-centered city in the country. Thanks to the support of our voters of the Wild Spaces Public Places half-cent sales tax, the city has funding to greatly improve existing parks and facilities and develop new parks! I hope you’ll attend and give us your ideas.”

The information provided at this meeting will be posted online at after March 1. If would like a copy of the information presented, please contact Denese Wethy at or 352-393-8530. If you have questions about the process and/or next steps, please contact Michelle Park, assistant director, or 352-393-8364.