The $1.46 million project was being funded by the City of Palm Coast and the Florida Inland Navigation District. The public is encouraged to attend the 1 P.M. November 3rd opening.
Palm Coast, FL – October 27, 2014 – The City of Palm Coast will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Long Creek Nature Preserve at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3. The public is encouraged to attend.
Long Creek Nature Preserve is located at 1050 Palm Harbor Parkway, near Florida Park Drive and across the canal from the Palm Harbor Yacht Club. The event will include remarks by Mayor Jon Netts, Flagler County Attorney Al Hadeed and others, and a celebratory ribbon-cutting. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the new park.
Phase 1 of the project included 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. The $1.46 million project was being funded by the City of Palm Coast and the Florida Inland Navigation District. The contractor was 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 new nature preserve provides 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 be a living laboratory for environmental education programs, including for 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.