The preserve is located on Palm Harbor Pkwy at the College Waterway Bridge (across from the Yacht Club)
Palm Coast, FL – December 27, 2013 – The City of Palm Coast will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for Phase I construction of the Long Creek Nature Preserve at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. The public is encouraged to attend.
Long Creek Nature Preserve is located on Palm Harbor Parkway, adjacent to the College Waterway Bridge. Attendees are asked to park at the Palm Coast Yacht Club, 1 Yacht Club Drive, on the other side of the College Waterway Bridge. Shuttles across the bridge will be provided. [Click on picture to enlarge it.]
The event will include remarks by Mayor Jon Netts, archeologist and project consultant Dana Ste.Claire, and others. Light refreshments will be served.
Phase I construction will begin soon and will take approximately six months to complete. Phase 1 improvements will include construction of a path and boardwalk to new canoe/kayak launches into Long Creek and College Waterway, installation of shoreline stabilization along College Waterway, construction of a fishing pier along College Waterway with floating dock for boat mooring, and an entrance to the site with a parking area.
Phase 1 construction, to cost $1.46 million, is being funded by the City of Palm Coast and the Florida Inland Navigation District. The contractor is Saboungi Construction Inc.
The Long Creek Nature Preserve is about nine acres in size, connected to the 225-acre Long Creek Basin. The nature preserve property was purchased in 2008 with grants from Florida Community Trust and the Flagler County Environmentally Sensitive Lands Program. The Long Creek Basin property was donated to the City.
Located between neighborhoods that border Long Creek and Big Mulberry Branch Creek natural corridors, the project will provide access to the City’s saltwater canal system, and eventually facilitate access to the Pellicer Creek Aquatic Preserve and other regional attractions. Its natural beauty will serve as a living laboratory for environmental education programs. The preserve is already being used in a limited way by the Children Helping in Resource Protection – or CHIRP – program, offered by the City of Palm Coast for Flagler schoolchildren.
A major archeological resource, the Hernandez Landing Site, relates to the early 1800s Plantation Period in Florida and is located just east of the project site on City-owned property. This resource is slated for enhancements in a later phase of the project, and its interpretation will convey the history of the landing site and its importance in regional and statewide history. The City also plans to build an Environmental Education Center at the preserve in the future.