Welcome to the Florida Communities Trust Parks Directory
Since 1991, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Communities Trust have assisted Florida communities by providing grant funds to acquire land for parks and open spaces. As Florida continues to grow, these lands are crucial to protecting the state’s precious natural, cultural and historical resources. Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever funds awarded by the Trust have resulted in a collection of local and regional parks as diverse as Florida’s communities – from beachfront parks like Loggerhead Park Preserve in Melbourne Beach to such urban parks as Tampa’s Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park. Each of these wonderful locations offers a wide range of recreational opportunities while providing Floridians and visitors with the chance to experience nature first-hand.
This directory provides an easy way to find out more about the Florida Communities Trust parks in your community and those you may visit.
Park of the Month:Dutton Island Park and Preserve (expansion)
Dutton Island Preserve, along the Intracoastal Waterway in Atlantic Beach, is a great getaway. It's actually two parks in one. The eastern most property is managed by the City of Jacksonville and consists of 98 acres of live oak hammock and mixed upland forest bordered by extensive salt marsh. The preserve offers exceptional wildlife viewing from the scenic nature trails as well as shaded picnic areas and a canoe/kayak landing. Heading west over the causeway, you pass through an expanse of salt marsh before reaching Dutton Island, managed by the City of Atlantic Beach. This 42-acre island is made up of pine flatwoods and live oak hammock. A visit to this preserve offers numerous scenic and water-based recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy the walking trails, covered picnic shelters, fishing pier, canoe/kayak launch and viewing platforms that overlook the Intracoastal Waterway and its surrounding creeks and marshes. Primitive camping areas with fire rings, restrooms and an outdoor shower are also available with a reservation. These two properties are connected by a marked paddling trail network which winds through the extensive marsh that surrounds the island. The preserves are also destinations along the Jacksonville Intracoastal Salt Marsh Paddling Trail which highlights multiple public parks and access points along the ICW in Duval County. Dutton Island is also featured on the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail as an access point and overnight camping option. The creation of the two Dutton Island Preserves is a testament to cooperation. The cities of Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville plus Florida Communities Trust and the Trust for Public Land worked together to acquire these sensitive lands which are now loved and well-used by local residents.
THIS MONTH’S EVENTS
Fort Fanning Historical Park
Fanning Springs Historical Park Winter Holiday Events from 9 am to 7 pm. Classic Car Show starts at 9 am, Santa from 2 to 4pm, Music from 4 to 6 pm, Christmas Tree lighting at 6 pm and Christmas Under the Stars Boat Show on the Suwannee River at 7 pm.
Camp Chowenwaw Park
The Girl Scout Museum at Camp Chowenwaw County Park is open the third Saturday of every month 9:00 - 11:00 am. Discover the early history of Girl Scouting in Northeast Florida. Upcoming dates are December 21, 2013, and January 18, 2014.
Florida Communities Trust is not responsible for events that are rescheduled or canceled at Florida Communities Trust-funded parks.