J.H.Anderson Memorial Park Opening at Rock Bluff

RockBluffsprings In: J.H.Anderson Memorial Park Opening at Rock Bluff | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North Florida

Alachua Conservation Trust and the Suwannee River Water Management District held a ribbon cutting for the opening of the J. H. Anderson Jr. Memorial Park in Gilchrist County on June 1, 2019.   The park will ensure that 175 acres on the Suwannee will not be developed and thus will protect Rock Bluff Springs.

rockfluffribbon In: J.H.Anderson Memorial Park Opening at Rock Bluff | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North Florida
The ribbon is cut:  left to right, unknown, unknown, Todd Gray, Tom Kay, Eric Draper, Kevin Brown, Hugh Thomas, Gary Jones, unknown, Virgina Sanchez, Unknown.

Eric Draper, Director of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Recreation and Parks, was present, as well as Tom Kay, Executive Director of the Alachua Conservation Trust,  and Hugh Thomas, Executive Director of the Suwannee River Water Management District.

rockbluffpete In: J.H.Anderson Memorial Park Opening at Rock Bluff | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North Florida                rockbluffsteve In: J.H.Anderson Memorial Park Opening at Rock Bluff | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North Florida
Georgia Schemitz, Pete Butt          Steve Minnis

rockbluffhugh In: J.H.Anderson Memorial Park Opening at Rock Bluff | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North Florida           rockbluiffaline In: J.H.Anderson Memorial Park Opening at Rock Bluff | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. | Protecting the Santa Fe River in North Florida
Hugh Thomas                                                 Aline Kazokas,   Mike Kern

Gilchrist County was represented by Commissioner Todd Gray.  Several SRWMD staff and board members were also seen in the crowd, including Robin Lamb, Steve Minnis, Tom Mirti, Gary Jones, Kevin Brown, and Virginia Sanchez.  Environmentalists Georgia Schemitz,  Pete Butt, Aline Kazokas and Mike Kern were also present.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-


Back to top
Skip to content