Williford Spring reopens for weekend use
What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a splash? Or what better way to cool off on the weekends than visiting Williford Spring?
Nearly nine months after Hurricane Michael, the spring's grand reopening welcomed visitors and locals. It's located on the Bay/Washington County line near Youngstown.
"We love it here, I mean, we've been coming to these springs for some time," said local, Jeff Towe. "We were worried about the hurricane we had, it pretty much destroyed a lot of this area."
For now, Williford Spring will only be open on the weekends. The Northwest Florida Water Management District will continue rebuilding Monday through Thursdays, working on the spring's most popular offerings.
"We used to be able to go through here right to the spring, but now the tree has fallen in right there," said Brierfield, Alabama resident, Camden McCarty.
Through the brush, visitors were once able to go down the river. The general water area is open, but tubing isn't possible. As of now, only the picnic pavilions, general recreation area, restrooms and parking lot are open.
"It would be nice to see the rest of it is opened up for everyone to be able to enjoy," said Towe.
Reconstruction during the week begins July 8. On weekends, the park will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and entrance to the park is free.