ASSOCIATION OF POINCIANA VILLAGES
June 2015 Edition 1
Osceola County Commissioner
Green space in the Association of Poinciana Villages
is growing. Construction recently commenced on
Andrew’s Park on Bordeaux Road in Village 5.
Park features are ADA compliant and will include play
equipment specially designed for 2-5 year olds and
6-12 year olds.
Design elements also include picnic tables, seating areas
and shade structures for visitors of all ages to enjoy –
especially parents overseeing their children’s activities.
Rockell Y. Brown, the only Florida-registered paralegal
in Poinciana and one of only six in Osceola County
has been integrally involved in this project. “Everyone
in Poinciana needs to know that the site for the park
is very, very safe. We conducted a comprehensive
environmental site assessment on the property going as
far back as 1941 that ensured there are no hazardous
wastes or other dangerous materials buried on the land.
The EPA confirms that it is ready for family use.”
This pocket park is on a 1.5-acre track of land that will
allow for future development if needed. A pocket park is
a small park accessible to the general public. Although
they are too small for physical activities, pocket parks
provide greenery, a place to sit outdoors, and sometimes
a children’s playground. They also provide areas where
wildlife such as birds can establish a foothold. Small
parks can even have a positive influence on neighboring
Andrew’s Park Construction Underway
Green space in the Association of Poinciana Villages is growing.
commenced on Andrew’s Park
Park features are ADA compliant and
5 year olds and 6-12 year olds.
Design elements also include p
of all ages to enjoy – especially parents
Rockell Y. Brown, the only Florida
’s ParkConstruction Underway
on Bordeaux Road in Village 5.
will include play equipment specially designed for
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overseeing their children’s activities
-registered paralegal in Poinciana and one of only six in
Background Behind Park’s Name
In 2008 when the Friends Of the Poinciana Hospital (FOPH) were working to get the Certificate of Need
(CON) approved to build a hospital in Poinciana, they solicited stories of hardship from residents whose
lives were impacted due to the lack of a local hospital. FOPH’s Co-Founder, Annette Brown-Best, met Miriam
Figueroa (Rivera) who lost her eight- year-old son, Andrew, in 2006 when a vehicle hit him as h was riding
his bike after school.
Mrs. Figueroa (Rivera) had tried since 2006 to get a park/playground built for the children in Village Five
because her son Andrew loved playing with other children. She and Mrs. Brown-Best were integral in making
this vision a reality. “Andrew Aaron Rivera is our Angel who has made a way for the children to have a place
to play – Andrew’s Park,” said Mrs. Brown-Best. “Thank you Andrew! God bless you!”
Funding for the project was secured by Osceola County through a Federal Community Block Development
Grant (CBDG) in the amount of $147,659.85. Construction on the park is expected to be complete by the end
of this month.