Conservation Park’s Ribbon Cutting

by October 28, 2011 • 7 comments

Yesterday, October 27th, Conservation Park held its official ribbon cutting ceremony.  The park has been in planning for ten years, and is now a reality for those in and visiting PCB.  Walkers, bicyclists, park rangers, firefighter, police, donators, and those behind the project were all out to celebrate the new park in Panama City Beach!  Bay County’s Chamber of Commerce and Panama City Beach’s Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon, as this was a joint effort between the two.

What is Conservation Park?

With over 3,000 acres near Panama City Beach Parkway and Highway 79, Conservation Park is now home to “Gayle’s Trails,” bridges, eight boardwalks, picnic areas, and an outdoor classroom.  The boardwalks curve around the trees that were already there so that none needed to be removed for the paths.  Trails and bike paths are over 22 miles long in total.  There are hopes to extend the trails to St. Andrews and Camp Helen in the future.  The park is not only intended to serve as a place for recreation and outdoor fun, but to help recharge the wetlands in the area.

The park is in connection with a wastewater treatment plant nearby, where the water will be distributed through fourteen stations into the wetlands.  This water distribution will help to keep West Bay clean.  Approximately 18 million gallons of wastewater will be sent to the park each day, so that it can naturally be filtered back into the water cycle.

Celebrating the New Park

Saturday, October 29th, a family fun day will be held at the park to celebrate its opening.  Starting at 8am, there will be a family fun run (a 10K, 5K, and one mile) followed by giveaways and hotdogs/hamburgers for lunch.  (Lunch will be served from 12-2pm)  The park is located at the end of Griffin Drive, past Business Commerce Park.

Stop by and look at the new trails and outdoor recreational area!

Here are some pictures of the ribbon cutting and the park:

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1 Cindy October 29, 2011 at 9:21 am

This looks like a nice family area. Now I have NO excuse not to get out and exercise on a good walking trail. Thanks for the info and nice pictures.

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2 Barbara Gudgel October 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I have been riding out there a few times, it is an awesome place to bike ride or walk. Many thanks to Mayor Oberst for making this happen, it is a huge asset for Bay County residents.

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3 DJ October 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm

This is a great community project PCB has done. This will give PCB a healthier image as a family vacation destination. With the bicycling lanes on our roads and sidewalks, visiting/vacationing friends have told me PCB is a great Bicycling destination. I look forward to riding the trails myself. Thanks for this great idea and project.

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4 sire October 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Great trails. The different paths and terrain keep it interesting. Have been jogging them about a half dozen times now. Signage and color coding need some improving, but maybe they are not totally done with them yet. We should bring Tough Mudder here now!!

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5 Cathy October 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Each time we come to PCB we drive in on Hwy. 79, I knew something was in the making for a long time but just didn’t know what. Now, we do & it is a great thing!
As I see it anytime you can keep this much land in it’s “natural” setting it is a win win for both residents and visitors of PCB.
Congratulations & I enjoyed the photos!
Cathy/Tennessee

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6 V November 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm

If I could only find it??? We drove all over looking for the entrance as seen in photos above. Is this somewhere down a trail? The entry on 79 is rough and unfinished for parking and FB Park is only Gails Trails Signs. We are confused – maybe u have to walk down a trail to find this building?? Or do i need to go somewhere else to enter.

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7 Jeremy November 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm

V, it is quite well hidden at the moment, but well worth the hunt. I’m assuming better signage will follow now it is open. You need to go West on Back Beach Parkway (US98) for a mile or so past SR-79. Turn into the business commerce park that is immediately after a La Quinta inn and it is straight on about half a mile.

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