Important Public Input Meeting for O’Leno State Park, River Rise State Park

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Calling on everyone to attend an important public input meeting for O’Leno State Park, River Rise State Park and Dudley Farm on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at the Alachua Woman’s Club at 5-7pm.

We are concerned about new RV sites at O’Leno and River Rise State Parks and any and all development that might change our natural resources, especially impacts to the river and springs.

This is a brief description of the meeting:

Meeting Title: Public Hearing on Proposed Improvements and Facilities
Date: Tuesday, April 4th
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Alachua Woman’s Club

Purpose

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division of Recreation and Parks

O’Leno State Park and River Rise Preserve State Park Public Hearing
April 4, 2017

The purpose of this meeting is to receive public input on proposed improvements and facilities at both O’Leno State Park and River Rise Preserve State Park.

Background

O’Leno State Park is a 2,372-acre property located in Alachua and Columbia County near High Springs. River Rise Preserve State Park, also in Alachua and Columbia County, is a 3,771.86-acre property located near High Springs. Both parks are managed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks (DRP).

Improvements

The following developments/improvements are proposed for the updated O’Leno State

Park management plan:

Day Use Area Interpretive kiosks Accessible route

Group Camping Area Cabin renovations Interpretive kiosks (2)

Dogwood Family Camping Area Redesign campground

Magnolia Family Camping Area Electrical upgrades

Shop Area
Develop volunteer village

Parkwide
Develop master plan Upgrade restrooms Family restrooms (2)

River Rise Preserve State Park management plan developments/improvements:

River Rise West Equestrian campsites Tent-only sites Restroom and bathhouse Support facilities

Sweetwater Lake
Remove existing restroom

Public Input

River Rise East Trailhead/ADA parking space Interpretive kiosks

Parkwide
Add primitive campsite Fencing

If you can’t make the meeting, but would like to add input, there is a submission form here:
https://www.fldepnet.org/sites/default/files/O%27Leno%20and%20River%20Rise%20Comment%20Form.pdf

Thanks!

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