Navy Point Park Living Shorelines Project
Navy Point Park is one of Escambia County's largest waterfront parks, providing a public boat ramp, walking paths, playgrounds and pedestrian access to Bayou Grande.
Erosion threatens infrastructure and public access at several locations along the Navy Point Park shoreline. Escambia County Department of Natural Resources Management and Parks & Recreation Department are working to resolve erosion by establishing "Living Shorelines" at critically eroded locations (see diagrams).
Living Shorelines are an innovative and environmentally friendly way of reducing shoreline erosion, improving water quality and providing habitat for fish and wildlife. Oyster reefs are installed to reduce wave energy, and native shoreline and upland vegetation are planted to hold sediment in place. These projects are authorized through permits issued by Florida Department of Environmental Protection and US Army Corps of Engineers.
Navy Point Park Living Shorelines Project design incorporates public pedestrian access to the shoreline, while protecting the shoreline, adjacent park property and infrastructure for the future. Although the permit drawings show the entire area authorized by permits, Escambia County will utilize existing public access indicators and public comment to site public access corridors and areas.
Please follow Swimming Advisories as posted at various locations throughout the park.
What is a Living Shoreline?
“Living shorelines” are a different approach to shoreline stabilization patterned on the natural environment. Projects replace typical shoreline armoring using bulkheads, seawalls, and riprap by incorporating natural materials such as oyster reefs, emergent marsh vegetation, submerged aquatic vegetation, and sand or other substrate.
Living Shoreline Project Goals
- Water Quality Improvement
- Riparian Habitat Protection or Enhancement
- Fisheries Habitat Creation or Enhancement
- Maintenance of Other Important Functions Provided by Natural Shoreline
- Ecosystems (e.g. sediment capture, nutrient cycling, biodiversity, wave attenuation, etc.)
- Shoreline Stabilization
- Provide Recreational Opportunities (e.g. fishing, bird watching, etc.)