The enhanced wetland in the center of the Park captures and treats stormwater runoff from the neighborhoods to the south and promotes the percolation of clean water into the soil. The large pond on the Park’s north side provides a place for rainwater to flow and collect away from the streets and downtown buildings. The Florida Stormwater Association (FSA) awarded Unity Park a 2023 Outstanding Achievement Award for innovative accomplishments and outstanding commitment to stormwater management practices benefitting the environment and the local citizenry.
In addition to its environmental benefits, the Park offers a boardwalk and walking path that circles the artificial wetland along a quarter-mile track that will eventually connect to the City’s Master Trail Plan. The Park has natural landscaping with 100% plants native to Florida. Native plants are beneficial as they are sustainable, save water and provide habitat for pollinators. Dozens of native trees cover the parkland, including slash pine, Florida flame red maple, American sweet gum, southern live oak and autumn gold bald cypress.
The name “Unity Park” represents the City’s efforts toward creating a welcoming and diverse community open to all cultures and ethnicities. Plans include the installation of a memorial wall to remember and honor the African Americans who lived in Ocoee during the 1920 Election Day Massacre. The wall will list the names of the 263 black residents who were killed, injured, driven from their homes and had their property taken from them on November 2, 1920. The memorial wall will give residents and visitors an opportunity to reflect and remember the men, women and children who once called Ocoee home.