Jacksonville, Fla., May 6, 2019 – North Florida Land Trust has officially opened Bogey Creek Preserve, the nonprofit organization’s first public park. More than 100 people came out to the park on Saturday, May 4 to participate in grand opening activities and to visit the city’s newest place to enjoy nature.
NFLT organized a birdwatching trip through the preserve, nature yoga and a hike, a naturalist tour and a botany hike. Those who came through the park said they were excited to have a new place to go hiking. The yoga visitors enjoyed the breeze of the creek and the beautiful view. One member of the Spencer family, who formerly owned the land, reminisced about spending time climbing and then relaxing under a stately oak. She also said her grandmother planted blueberries there years ago which are still there today.
Bogey Creek Preserve is located at approximately 6141 Cedar Point Road in North Jacksonville. It is a 75-acre scenic preserve consisting of a mix of maritime hammock forest, seep-fed cypress swamps and mixed pine-oak forest. The preserve neighbors Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park and the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and protects nearly one mile of critical marsh front on Clapboard and Bogey Creeks.
NFLT acquired the first piece of the property in 2006 and worked through the years to acquire the remaining property which they completed in 2017. They made the necessary improvements to create public walking trails and a picnic area. NFLT acquired the property through donations from the community. The park will be open to the public seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.
About North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that champions environmental protection in its primary, 11-county focus area of Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Union, Columbia and Volusia counties. NFLT is also expanding its reach to the west of the state. NFLT was founded in 1999 and has protected thousands of acres of environmentally significant land including property at Big Talbot Island, Ortega River, Guana River, Little Orange Creek, Keystone Heights and, along the St. Mary’s River and other valued natural areas predominantly in Northeast Florida. NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with private landowners and public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations. For more information, visit nflt.org.