Hurricane damage at Blue Springs Park

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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Blue Springs Park in Marianna attracts about 20,000 people every year.

The park is known for its namesake blue water and wall of trees, but the scene looks different after Hurricane Michael.

"We used to have a dock that was right here and it's further downstream now, so we've got to go retrieve it, assess the damage," Parks and Recreation Director Rett Daniels said. "We still don't even know what all we're looking at at this point."

Wind and downed trees damaged some picnic tables, kayaks, fences, and buildings.

"Many shingles need to be replaced, but the actual structure of the buildings, the picnic pavilions and the main concession stand, all of that's still intact," Daniels said.

Several trails like the Chipola River Paddling Trail also had significant damage.

"For now, the entire river is going to be closed until we can make some headway of the removal of the downed trees inside the waterway," Daniels said.

Daniels said they are working to reopen trails as soon as possible.

As for Blue Springs...

"We may have to patch it through for next year and then rebuild for the 2020 season, but we'll assess it and see what we need to do," Daniels said.

Blue Springs Park will open for its 2019 season on Memorial Day weekend.