Wall Springs Park Reduces Access During Habitat Improvements
Beginning on Monday, August 16, the west end of Wall Springs Park in Palm Harbor is scheduled to be closed to the public for approximately six months in order to excavate a portion of the "land bridge" leading to the west end of the park and replace it with a timber bridge.
Work is anticipated to be completed by January 1, 2011, and full access will be restored sooner if the project moves ahead of schedule. The timber bridge is designed to improve recirculation in the tidal areas north and south of the current land bridge, improving water quality and habitat for wildlife.
The closure will begin at the fishing pier near the south parking lot. Access will also be restricted at the end of the boardwalk leading from the spring, at the point where it meets the concrete sidewalk.
A portion of the south parking lot will be fenced off temporarily for staging of equipment and materials, but the remainder of the parking areas will remain open.
The work requires full closure of all access to the observation tower, restrooms, and picnic shelters located on the island portion of the west end of the park. Pinellas County's Culture, Education and Leisure department will not be accepting reservations for those picnic shelters until all construction and restoration activities have been completed.
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