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Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park
« on: August 21, 2013, 03:03:49 AM »
Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park



Metro Jacksonville takes a before and after look at the transformation of San Marco Square's Balis Park.

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http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2013-aug-before-after-san-marco-squares-balis-park

Noone

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Re: Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2013, 04:41:13 AM »
Very nice. Looks like a rectangle shape. Did you gain more on street parking with the design?

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Re: Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2013, 06:57:15 AM »
Did the lions move, or does it look that way just because the 'before' and 'after' pics are not framed the same?  Anyway, the new park looks nice ... need to head over and check it out.

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Re: Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2013, 07:03:52 AM »
There are a few more spaces....and the lions were not moved

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Re: Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2013, 07:20:44 AM »
Thanks, didn't think so, but some of the angles make it hard to tell as someone not familiar with the area.

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Re: Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2013, 07:29:46 AM »
^Sorry about that.  I originally planned to just show images of the recent conditions.  Then once I went into our photo archives, I decided at the last minute to toss a few shots from year's past.  These graphics should help visual the changes in the space.

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more renderings: http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2012-nov-a-public-square-for-san-marco
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Re: Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2013, 09:14:48 AM »
Here is a rendering that was prepared based on the design and used for fundraising:



Here is what we got:


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Re: Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2013, 09:47:12 AM »
Stopped in SM last Friday for dinner. Park looks great. Lots of street lights were out though.

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Re: Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2013, 09:52:43 AM »
beautiful

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Re: Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2013, 11:07:13 AM »
Definitely one of the most impressive projects Jax has seen recently. Definitely a much different and better atmosphere than just a few months ago.
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Re: Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2013, 11:24:59 AM »
Glad they scrapped the palm trees in that green patch by the lions

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Re: Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2013, 01:14:28 PM »
Yeah I love it, and all the roundabouts down San Marco Blvd.

Doug, where was that photo taken from?

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Re: Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2013, 01:26:36 PM »
Anyone know if the STOP sign at Balis Place turning onto westbound San Marco Blvd or eastbound Atlantic Blvd was supposed to stay? It seems they eliminated the ability to go straight across to San Marco Place past the firehouse, so that leave left and right turn options, both of which have a dedicated lane. Even if they didn't, I would think Balis would have the right of way.

Also, were the roundabouts put in for aesthetic purposes or to slow traffic down? I wouldn't think Landon or Naldo would have sufficient traffic to justify disrupting the flow of San Marco Blvd, otherwise.

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Re: Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2013, 01:36:49 PM »
Doug, where was that photo taken from?



Photo taken by Grant Ward and his flying camera.  See more of his photos here:
www.bluedogaerial.com

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Re: Before & After: San Marco Square's Balis Park
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2013, 03:13:36 PM »
Great job!