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Open Space & Transportation Master Plan

The Bagdad Waterfronts Florida Partnership, Inc. conducted a ten-month planning process to create a transportation and open space master plan for Bagdad. 

The final plan outlines recommended improvements to public parks and open space, which could include such items as better parking and the creation of additional open space. The plan also includes recommendations on transportation issues such as resolving traffic conflicts and creating better facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Three public meetings in December 2009, March 2010, and May 2010 gave residents an opportunity to voice their specific concerns and ideas about how to improve Bagdad as it relates to transportation and open space. In order to provide a chance for everyone to participate, comments were also advertised to be accepted electronically through our website.

The community input received throughout the year was used to complete the final master plan in June 2010. Sustainable Town Concepts (Pensacola) and Volk Architectural Consultants (Gainesville) provided professional planning services and facilitated the public meetings. This project was made possible through a grant from the State of Florida and the Partnership used independent consultants to create recommendations.

The images displayed within the plan convey a number of key elements, including:

  • a first phase of new proposed new sidewalks are shown with a red dashed line; later phases are shown with a black dashed line.
  • bike lanes along the roadside are proposed to extend from the Mill Site Park south along Water Street,  west along Bushnell Street, and north along School Street; this will allow bicyclists to safely ride into Bagdad along the Bagdad Heritage Trail, and then to follow a safe loop through town.
  • structures called "bumpouts" are proposed along Forsyth Street to narrow the roadway and slow traffic; the bumpouts also provide additional areas for attractive landscaping to enhance the roadsides.
  • a paddling trail along the Blackwater River and Pond Creek is proposed, with access points at Dorr's Landing and Mill Site Park.
  • water-dependant zoning (shown in purple) is proposed for adjacent to Dorr's Landing and across Water Street from Oyster Pile Landing; this could provide an opportunity for a small, water-related business like a canoe/kayak shop or bait and tackle shop that would fit with Bagdad's historic neighborhoods.
  • mixed-use zoning is proposed along Thompson Street and part of Forsyth Street (shown in red on Concept Plan).  A mix of land uses means that allowable uses would not only be homes, but also small, neighborhood scale businesses like an art gallery or bakery, with strict limits on the types of businesses and requirements for them to maintain the village's historic architecture and streetscape.
  • traffic calming measures such as crosswalks and center islands are proposed at Bagdad Elementary School and Forsyth/Old Bagdad Hwy. to slow traffic and make it easier for pedestrians to cross the street.

The following items are the meeting materials from our public workshop held on May 15, 2010.

The following items are the meeting materials from our public workshop held on March 13, 2010.

Please fill out the questionnaire and send it to us. We will incorporate your comments and ideas into the master plan. 


For More Information:                             

Bagdad Waterfronts Florida Partnership, Inc.
P.O. Box 801, Bagdad, FL 32530
(850) 981-9915 





Bagdad Transportation

& Open Space

Master Plan


Completed June 2010

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Funding for this project was provided in part by the Florida Coastal Management Program, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. March 2010.