The City of Winter Park will be hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, June 21 to discuss potential improvements to 90 acres of the city-owned Howell Branch Preserve property.

The City requested funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in 2015 to purchase 43.4 acres of wetlands alongside 50 acres it already owned. That request was approved in 2017 and made possible with $2 million from the FDEP in an effort to treat for invasives, increase recreational activities, and install trails and a small canoe/kayak launch on the property sometime in the future.

Now they finally need to get to work.

The City of Winter Park has hired Dix-Hite Landscape Architects (Website) to carry out the work and they have been hosting a series of meetings to develop a conceptual plan within the FDEP grant requirements for the property and they want more input from the public.

Input gathered will be used to create and finalize plans that will be presented to City Commission in August, with actual work on those improvements to begin this October.

The event will be hosted at the Winter Park Community Center at 721 W. New England Avenue [GMap] and is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

Brendan O'Connor

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