Sunday, February 24, 2019

Walking Collier: Serenity Walk Park

 

 

By Joan and Carl Kelly

Not far from Marco Island is a relatively new park, Serenity Walk Park. It is on 951 (Collier Blvd) only nine tenths of a mile north of Rattlesnake Hammock Rd on the west side of the road.

It is a small park but very interesting. The mile long sand path winds around pine flatwoods and a cypress pine mixed forest. Some restoration was done to the land such as planting native grasses including Sara Cord grass, Love grass, soft rush, St. Johns Wart and lick wood.

Coming around the first turn we found someone who was enjoying those grasses, a white tail deer. Also, small birds flitted between the branches   [/caption] class=” size-full wp-image-47442 alignleft” src=”http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/B13-CBN-4-17-15-8.gif” alt=”B13-CBN-4-17-15-8″ width=”200″ height=”149″ />of the trees and a woodpecker called from a distance.

The park was created in 2002 with funds from the Florida Community Trust and Florida Forever Funds. In 2010 the invasive plants were removed. There were also wetlands mitigation and wildlife habitat restoration as explained on one of the signs by the path.

The parking area is very small, our spaces, plus one for a handicapped vehicle. There is one picnic table at the entrance with trashcan but no bathrooms. The park is open dawn to dusk with the usual restrictions, no dogs, no smoking, no drinking. There is a bike rack but mountain bikes might be best for traveling here.

 

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