This month, U.S. EPA recognized the Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West Partnering Team with the 2021 National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse Award. As part of the Base Realignment and Closure program, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) partnered with the U.S. Navy, the City of Key West, developers Charley Toppino & Sons Inc., and environmental and engineering firm MSE to transform this former naval air station into an array of public facilities. These include an interactive water feature and playground, turnaround and transit stops for public transportation, amphitheater, multipurpose field, and more.
“This achievement highlights the importance of maintaining strong public and private partnerships to protect Florida’s environment, safeguard public health, and improve the quality of life for the residents of Florida,” says DEP Secretary Shawn Hamilton. “Through collaboration, determination and innovation, the NAS Key West Partnering Team was able to deliver a truly beautiful park.”
If your state is eager to continue building strong partnerships with federal facilities, you can learn more about Florida’s effort and success here.