• Crane's Roost park to get major upgrades


    ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - Altamonte Springs is getting ready to spend millions to fix up Crane's Roost Park off State Road 436.

    The park is going to receive a $3 million makeover and a full replacement of the boardwalks is among the upgrades planned for the park.

    Resident Courtney Laux does four laps around the park nearly every day and told Channel 9 she doesn't see anything wrong with the boardwalks.

    "In my eyes, an everyday person's eyes, I think it's fine," Laux said.

    Laux's only complaint is that the boardwalk can get slippery in some spots. City officials said the new boards will fix the issue.

    The barge where bands play will also get a renovation. The barge's carpet and canopy need to be fixed, as well as the deck leading up to it.

    With 1 million people using the park yearly, the renovations mean some events will need to be rescheduled. The park's most popular event, Red, Hot and Boom, will not be affected because the work doesn't begin until after July 4.

    "We'll juggle around some of our events to make sure we can do the construction improvements that we need to do," said Frank Martz, with Altamonte Springs.

    City officials said it should take about 18 months to finished the Crane's Roost improvements.

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