The Florida Department of Environmental Protection launched a new and improved website for Florida’s state parks and trails at www.floridastateparks.org.
The new state website includes enhanced maps and search abilities to help find specific facilities, activities or events. It has a new look and feel and features breathtaking photos highlighting Florida’s natural and historic treasures. Visitors will find it easier to plan their trips to state parks and state-designated trails. The new Florida travel website is also smartphone and tablet friendly.
“We are excited about this new website and the enhanced tools to help Floridians and visitors plan their trips to state parks and state trails,” said Donald Forgione, director of the Florida Park Service. “From the maps to the search boxes, this site is easier to navigate.”
From 2013-2014, 27.5 million people visited Florida’s award-winning state parks and state trails, generating nearly $2.1 billion in direct economic impact. Here in Collier County, we have two state parks, Collier-Seminole State Park and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. Each week, about 130,000 visitors come to the state website looking for quality information to plan their travel time.
The Florida Park Service is recipient of three National Gold Medals for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, making Florida America’s first three-time Gold Medal winner. And it’s the volunteers that make the difference!
More than 30,717 volunteers with the Florida State Parks volunteer corps help with a variety of tasks, including educating guests, driving a tour boat, picking up litter, landscaping park grounds. Last year, volunteers contributed 1,307,006 hours to preserving our state’s natural beauty while at the same time making the guest experience memorable.
“Florida’s state parks and trails are fortunate to have the most passionate and dedicated volunteers. We thank our volunteers for their time and expertise in helping us manage, protect and interpret Florida’s natural and cultural resources,” said Donald Forgione, director of the Florida Park Service.
With 161 parks, 10 state trails, nearly 800,000 acres, 100 miles of beaches, and more than 1,500 miles of multi-use trails, Florida’s natural treasures are yours to enjoy.