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MEDIA ADVISORY: Aug. 26, 2013

CONTACT: Craig Liney, Park Manager 386.362.2746, Craig.Liney@dep.state.fl.us


~The public is invited to share input on the land management plan ~

LIVE OAK Join the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service for a public meeting and presentation of the update to the management plan for Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 27 at the Suwannee Meeting Room at the Suwannee River Water Management District Office, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak.

The presentation will propose updates to the management plan, which will include:

  • Expansion of hiking and interpretive trails throughout the park to expand recreational opportunities and provide connectivity to adjacent recreational areas.
  • Development of three new interpretive, educational, and recreational programs.
  • Expansion of passive recreational activities and opportunities for wildlife viewing and nature study.
  • Upgrades to the park’s capital facilities and infrastructure to improve the quality and safety of the recreational opportunities, to improve the protection of park resources and to streamline the efficiency of park operations.
  • Replacement of composting restroom with new permanent restroom and installation of well with potable water at Orange Grove Spring day use area.
  • Improvements to the walking paths leading to Orange Grove Spring to ensure continuity of universal access between the bathroom, parking area and boardwalk and favoring natural drainage patterns and minimize runoff into the spring.

  • Improved restroom and changing facilities at the Peacock Springs day use area along with access to the park's interpretative hiking trail. The plan proposes a new picnic shelter for this area of the park.

  • Improved swimming access is proposed for the Peacock Springs use area, including improved stairs leading to Peacock Spring I and footpath access to Peacock Springs I and II.

  • Stabilization of half-mile park drive.

  • Construction of new park support facilities, to include two-bay shop building, storage shed and flammable storage building. Two RV campsites are proposed to accommodate volunteers or researchers.

  • Construction of a small roadside parking area with a designated access path is recommended for the Olsen Sink overlook.

A copy of the agenda can be obtained by contacting Craig Liney or visiting DEP's calendar of public meetings.

The public meeting will take place:

7:00 p.m.

August 27, 2013

Suwannee Meeting Room

Suwannee River Water Management District Office

9225 CR 49

Live Oak