Florida Park Service Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Facilities and Improvements at Wekiwa Springs State Park

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Florida Park Service Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Facilities and Improvements at
Wekiwa Springs State Park

~Improvements include the repair of the spring bulkhead and new construction of an accessible children's swim area~

Wekiwa Springs Ribbon Cutting

Florida State Park staff join local officials for ribbon-cutting ceremony at
Wekiwa Springs State Park.

APOPKA, Fla. – Florida Park Service staff and local dignitaries gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the construction of an accessible children’s swim area, as well as the repair of the spring bulkhead, at Wekiwa Springs State Park.

Visitors to Wekiwa Springs State Park will now have access to a new and improved swim area designed to provide a more visible and safe entry point into the spring, especially for guests with young children. Visitors with disabilities can now access the spring using an ADA-approved ramp. Also, swimmers farther down in the spring will benefit from a reinforced sheet pile bulkhead that provides both structural stability and an improved recreation area.

"Wekiwa Springs is one of the many jewels of the Florida State Park system and I'm proud that this park will be able to provide inclusive experiences for all of our visitors," said Gary Clark, DEP deputy secretary for land and recreation. "This project improves both recreational opportunities and access at one of our most popular parks."

Florida Rep. Scott Plakon said: “My family (Susie and our 6 children) have had many family memories at Wekiwa Springs State Park. The infrastructure improvements along with the section that will make it easier for children and the disabled to access the water will help make Wekiwa Springs even better for future generations."

APD Central Region Community Supports Manager Reed Stephan said, “The refurbished swimming area at the springs, along with the specialized lift chair and new accessible swimming zone for children are a tremendous asset to our state. These enhanced features provide a fabulous opportunity for the individuals the Agency for Persons with Disabilities serves to access this true Florida treasure at Wekiwa Springs State Park, as well as participate and enjoy with all the members of the community. Our agency is excited to see these wonderful improvements at the park.”

Brian Nelson, Orange County commissioner said: "I'm happy to be here to support important enhancements in our parks, so that people with disabilities have equal access to the natural treasures here in Central Florida."

Wekiwa Springs State Park welcomed more than 400,00 visitors in fiscal year 2016-17. The park is home to a second-magnitude spring that stays a refreshing 72 degrees year-round. The main spring swimming area is a popular swimming destination for individuals and families from around the world.