Sept. 5, 2017 - Silver Springs Sandhill site now State owned, County managed
Marion County: Silver Springs Sandhill site now State owned, County managed
The state has completed its acquisition of the 465-acre Silver Springs Sandhill site near Coehadjoe Park, 4225 NE 35th St., Ocala. The Acquisition and Restoration Council voted to add the Silver Springs Sandhill project to the Florida’s First Magnitude Springs Florida Forever project list for acquisition during their June 2015 meeting in Tallahassee. The agreement was then brought to and approved by the Florida Cabinet and Governor Rick Scott.
This site will be managed by Marion County Parks and Recreation and will provide excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation.
“Marion County is thrilled that this acquisition project has now been completed,” said Carl Zalak III, Chairman of the Marion County Board of County Commissioners. “We are grateful for the state’s decision to acquire this 465-acre area and look forward to managing the site in alignment with the county’s springs protection goals and our vision for an ever-growing outdoor recreation program.”
The Silver Springs Sandhill site sits less than one mile from the headsprings of nearby Silver Springs and within the “Most Vulnerable” zone of the Marion County Aquifer Vulnerability Assessment map. This zone’s rapidly saturated sandy soils and proximity to the springs reinforce the importance of Marion County’s conservation efforts for Silver Springs Sandhill.
For more information, contact Marion County Parks and Recreation at 352-671-8560.