20 State Parks Reopen After Weathering Hurricane Frances

Just six days after Hurricane Frances ripped through Florida, 20 of Florida’s award-winning State Parks Friday reopened to visitors.

Volunteers and park personnel worked tirelessly to remove fallen trees, repair facilities and clean up debris from the storm.

“It is truly remarkable to see staff and volunteers coming together after devastating storms to reopen our parks ahead of schedule,” said Florida State Parks Director Mike Bullock. “Personnel are not only cleaning up parks, they are helping communities in need and providing a natural haven for storm weary Floridians.”

Reopened parks include:

Northwest Florida:
Florida Caverns, Marianna
Maclay Gardens, Tallahassee
St. Joseph, Port St. Joe

Northeast Florida:
Little Talbot Island, Jacksonville
Pumpkin Hill Creek, Jacksonville
Rainbow Springs, Dunnellon
Stephen Foster, White Springs
Troy Spring, Branford

Central Florida:
Anastasia, St. Augustine
Gamble Rogers, Flagler Beach
Kissimmee Prairie, Okeechobee
Silver River, Ocala

Southwest Florida:
Gamble Plantation, Ellenton
Egmont Key, St. Petersburg
Estero Bay, Ft. Myers Beach
Lake Manatee, Bradenton
Oscar Scherer, Osprey
Skyway Fishing Pier, St. Petersburg
Terra Ceia, Manatee
Ybor City, Tampa

Due to the threat of Hurricane Ivan, 10 State Parks in Southwest Florida have closed, Bahia Honda, Curry Hammock, Ft. Taylor, Indian Key, John Pennekamp, Key Largo Hammock, Lignumvitae Key, Long Key, San Pedro and Windley Key.

Florida's state park system is one of the largest in the country with 158 parks covering more than 700,000 acres. For more about Florida State Parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.