New Day-Use Area Opens at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park
~New facilities include a new walkway, boardwalk and kayak launch~
Florida State Park officials join local government representatives and families of Werner and Boyce for ribbon-cutting ceremony.
PORT RICHEY, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new day-use area at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park. New facilities include a new walkway, boardwalk, kayak launch, parking lot and elevated restroom with observation deck.
“Recreational areas provide economic and quality of life benefits to local communities,” said Gary Clark, DEP deputy secretary of Land and Recreation. “The Florida Park Service has been committed to providing quality resource-based outdoor recreation for citizens and visitors for more than 80 years.”
The new facilities will help provide safe and convenient access to the park’s natural resources by connecting visitors with opportunities for birdwatching, hiking, fishing and paddling. The new boardwalk provides a scenic journey over the wetland and access to the maritime hammock island where the new kayak launch is located, helping visitors explore the interior of the park.
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park comprises 3,296 acres, including 4 miles of mangrove lined coastline. The park provides picturesque coastal habitat types for a wide variety of outdoor resource-based recreational activities in one of the fastest growing areas of the state. Visitors can enjoy fishing and paddling the inlets and bayous that wander through the salt marsh.
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