The City of Winter Park’s Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, February 7, at 5 p.m., to seek input on a special grant application that could allow them to fix the long-closed boardwalk at Mead Gardens.
The meeting, which will be held at the Winter Park Community Center, at 721 West New England Avenue [GMap], will share information on how the city is applying for a Florida Department of Environmental Protection Recreational Trails Program grant to rebuild the boardwalks at Mead Botanical Garden (Facebook). Attendees will learn more about the grant and have the opportunity to provide input for inclusion in the application process.
Mead Botanical Garden is a 48-acre urban greenspace that features an interconnected network of informal paths and trails. The grant offers potential funding of up to $500,000 for selected projects and as part of the grant process.
The boardwalk used to extend over the Lake Lillian wetlands in the 1990s but was heavily damaged by hurricanes in 2004. A 300-foot section of the boardwalk was restored years later, along with a large section of the wetlands, in 2014 when the gardens received a $400,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.