Silver Springs, Florida Aug 10, 2013 4:26:09 GMT
Post by htmb on Aug 10, 2013 4:26:09 GMT
Silver Springs, located a little over an hour south of where I live, has been a Florida attraction since the second half of the 19th century. The area has a rich history that includes Native Americans, the Spanish, and even Harriet Beecher Stowe. Park management is in the process of turning the attraction over to the State of Florida. As a condition for breaking a long-term lease, the current vendor is renovating the park area to make if compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as removing asbestos from some of the old buildings, fixing roofs, and repairing sewage pipes.
I am very excited about the change since the area will be designated a state park. Admission will be dramatically cheaper, and there will be more facilities made available for recreational activities. It is also the hope that the spring head areas will eventually become healthier and the water clearer, but that's going to take a lot of effort on the part of the state and the public. Wishing to get an idea of current conditions, I decided to drive down for the morning. I practically had the whole parking lot to myself.
Walking through the main entrance things looked encouraging. Even though an article in my local paper this morning said work was moving slowly, I could tell the front entrance had been spruced up and the walkway replaced.
I had expected to see these signs. I knew most of the concessions had been closed and that entrance to the park was currently free. What I had not known was that parking was going to cost $8.00!