New Amenities Open at Magnolia Park in Apopka

Magnolia Park Eco Education Center ApopkaResidents recently celebrated the addition of new amenities to Orange County Parks and Recreation’s Magnolia Park along the east shore of Lake Apopka. Mayor Jerry Demings, District 2 County Commissioner Christine Moore and other officials cut the ribbon at the grand opening earlier this month for an Eco Education Center, restroom facilities, fishing and mooring pier, dock, pavilion, inclusive playground, additional parking and interpretive signage.

“Magnolia Park has long been a jewel for camping for residents and visitors and now the park is even more inviting,” said Orange County Mayor Demings. “We are thankful for the hard work and dedication from our community to make this project possible.”

Orange County District 2 Commissioner Moore expressed her pride in the new Eco Education Center. “Environmental education is a vital part of our parks’ landscape,” said Moore. “The Eco Education Center will allow us to enhance and add educational opportunities.”

Friends of Lake Apopka (FOLA), an advocacy group for the restoration of Lake Apopka, helped develop an educational display to show the lake’s history, including the long-term effects of local fertilizers in the water system and progress of the lake’s health.

“In addition to FOLA’s display on the lake’s history, we will offer programs on Florida plants, wildlife and conservation,” explained Matt Suedmeyer, manager of Orange County Parks and Recreation. “We’re excited about what the Eco Education Center adds to the overall experience and are ready to serve our visitors with all of the new amenities.”

Other partners included the Orange Audubon Society, the Bloom and Grow Garden Society, Commercial Media Systems, the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, the St. Johns River Water Management District, the Florida Native Plant Society, the Apopka Historical Society and the Museum of Florida History.

A public meeting was held in October 2016 to share the plans with citizens. As part of Orange County’s INVEST in Our Home for Life program, $4.1 million was budgeted for this District 2 project.

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