Beginning of the construction of the new Federal Navy Recreation Center:

Site work is underway on the new Navy Federal Recreation Center, just west of the Credit Union campus on Nine Mile Road.

“I’m excited to see this work in progress,” said Kara Cardona, Navy Federal’s executive vice president of Greater Pensacola Operations. “As we continue to welcome our team members to campus, this recreation facility will play an important role in providing our teams with a place to connect and enjoy those moments that matter. We also find that this supports our organization’s focus on employee well-being. »

The Navy Federal Recreation Center will offer a wide variety of ways for people to enjoy the outdoors. The design includes: walking paths, recreation grounds, a basketball court, a volleyball court, a yoga space, a pavilion and some open spaces. The project will also allow the credit union to add parking spaces.

The Escambia County Board of Commissioners agreed to sell the land, which was acquired to facilitate improved quality of life, amenities and job growth, to Navy Federal in 2019. In exchange for the option of purchasing 98 acres adjoining its campus, Navy Federal has committed to the creation of 300 new jobs, which was completed in 2021, and has also agreed to provide public access to the recreation area when it is not used by the credit union.

“We are on track to complete the project by the middle of next year,” said Kelly Osburn, facilities manager at Navy Federal. “Amenities, including walking paths and open spaces, would be available to the public during park hours. Other features, ranging from the clubhouse and ball diamonds, can be reserved by the public when not in use by the credit union, similar to how Escambia County manages recreation and reservable outdoor spaces. .

“The Navy Federal Recreation Center will be the perfect complement to the $1 billion investment we’ve made in our Pensacola campus. We think the community will really benefit from the amenities they will be able to enjoy once the park opens next year,” Cardona said.

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