Photo courtesy of Steve Coleman of Sunsets by Steven J
Welcome back Magnolia Park. We've missed you.
Orange County Parks and Recreation officially cut the ribbon that brings this beautiful eco-wonder back online officially. Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and Orange County District 2 Commissioner Christine Moore welcomed visitors to the new Eco-Education Center at Magnolia Park in Apopka.
The park now has a state-of-the-art Eco-Education Center with a park office, reception area, and an interactive display room that includes audio-visual learning centers and eco-related displays. The Eco-Education Center grounds also have new eco-friendly pollinator gardens.
The park now includes a new secured playground with state-of-the-art age-appropriate play equipment, fall protection, shade sail shade structure, and benches to optimize the experience.
For boaters, fishing enthusiasts, and those just wanting to enjoy the views of the lake, there is a new boardwalk, fishing pier, and floating docks for use by all on Lake Apopka. For the convenience of the park attendees and cyclists, along the newly expanded bicycle trailhead is a new men’s and women’s restroom facility. There are new paved walkways for leisurely walking, benches for seating, and handicap access to a new pavilion & renovated pavilion for picnicking and planned functions.
There is additional parking throughout the park, including improved access and parking at the boat launch ramp to Lake Apopka and new EV Charging Stations.
Additionally at Magnolia Park, hikers and bike riders can use the 14.6-mile (29.2 miles roundtrip) Lake Apopka Loop Trail. It takes you to the Lake County line. This is a perfect way to have fun as you camp overnight at Magnolia Park. Tents and RVs are accepted. All campsites have fire rings, grills, picnic tables, lantern hangers, water, and electricity. Pets are allowed if properly registered.
The enhancements include the widening of Binion Road to provide improved access in and out of both sides of the park for vehicles, as well as a new crosswalk between the parks for pedestrians and bicycle traffic. The renovation not only enhances the existing amenities in the park but added several new ones to make the park a real destination for learning, sport, and entertainment for the entire community.
Parks and Recreation,
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings,
District 2 Orange County Commissioner Christine Moore