Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mayor Peyton opens 900-ft boardwalk at Castaway Island Preserve

Captions: Top, Mayor Peyton opens the ceremonies at Castaway Island. 2. From left to right: Mayor Peyton, Nathan Rezeau, chief of waterfront management and programming, Recreation and Community Services deputy director Kelley Boree,and RCS division director Roslyn Phillips. 3. View from the boardwalk observation platform. 4. Preservation Project North Florida board members Warren Anderson and Alexa Graf. Board member Susie Wiles also attended. 5. The new boardwalk. 6. Interested on looker.

Mayor Peyton officially opened the boardwalk and observation platforms at Castway Island Wednesday. The newest project follows the dredging of the canoe and kayak trail completing the planned improvements at Castaway, one of Jacksonville's showcase preserves.

The 900-ft. boardwalk traverses the park's big island, once slated to be a subdivision with eight homes. The preserve, an old trailer park, was purchased in 2000 by the City with the assistance of the Florida Communities Trust. The restoration of the canoe/kayak trail was partially funded with the assistance of the Florida Inland Navigation District. The Trust for Public Land handled the acquisition. The preserve is nestled in a densely suburban area known San Pablo and is the only public access on the western bank of Pablo Creek, a tributary of the St. Johns River. Pablo Creek is also part of the Intracoastal Waterway. 

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