A team of dedicated Orange County Parks and Recreation employees along with the Friends of Lake Apopka, the Audubon Society, the Apopka Historical Society, Bloom and Grow Garden Society, and a host of others’ valuable input brought to life a new Magnolia Park on the west side of Binion Road in Apopka. On Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, we held a grand reopening ceremony attended by a big crowd eager to see what’s been going on for more than a year on the shore of Lake Apopka’s east side. For anyone visiting the park, which will become a stop on many families’ lists, what we have in District 2 is unparalleled anywhere in Orange County.
An Eco-Education center, fishing pier, dock, pavilion, and shaded playground designed for children of differing abilities are just some of what you’ll find at the park on 2929 S. Binion Road. In the Eco-Education Center it’s a walk through the history of Lake Apopka, teaching visitors about the lake’s water quality and more. Anything you might want to know about alligators which abound in Lake Apopka, you can find out at exhibits, some of which are interactive, making it especially fun for children. The pictures of nature on the walls alone are worth the trip to this jewel in our Orange County Parks and Recreation collection. In front of the Eco-Education Center, find a beautiful collection of native Florida plants and flowers encouraging you to start your own pollinator garden!
When I met with parents of children at the inclusive playground, I was ecstatic to hear them tell me they appreciate the playground being fenced, that I asked for benches for adults to use while watching their children, and that we put shade over it all. These are all key elements that make a playground well attended by our residents. The dock and piers were already being used by people fishing on the day we cut the ribbon.
It’s exciting to see what’s happened at Magnolia Park. The planning began years ago when former county commissioner Bryan Nelson used a dedicated source of funding to plan the park’s renaissance. Years later, I was elected as District 2 county commissioner and had the honor of adding to the plans for the park. Meantime, on the other side of Binion Road, Magnolia Park still offers the same camping experience it always has, and you will find our beautiful peacocks on their various perches throughout the east side acreage. Come and see what we offer in Orange County’s District 2 and get a glimpse of what’s available in this video from the grand reopening:
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