Florida Communities Trust Bestows “Park of the Month” Honor upon St. Johns County’s Alpine Groves Park

St. John’s County’s Alpine Groves Park received state-wide recognition this month as the Florida Communities Trust named it “Park of Alpine Grovesthe Month” for January 2013.

Located in Northwest St. Johns County between the St. Johns River and William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway, Alpine Groves is a passive park featuring more than 54 acres of natural

landscape and scenic views. The park is anchored by a partially restored turn-of the-century homestead, a farm-themed playground, a picnic area, and a butterfly garden.

Alpine Groves also offers a citrus grove, moss-draped oak and magnolia trees, a high bluff overlooking the river, a covered dock for fishing and canoe/kayak launching, and a wooded trail. A designated destination on the Great Florida Birding Trail, the park provides a natural landscape for taking photographs, painting, or observing an abundance of wildlife including eagles, osprey, owls, and wood ducks.

The Florida Communities Trust partners with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to assist communities in acquiring land for parks and open spaces by providing grant funds. Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever funds awarded by the Trust have resulted in the acquisition of a diverse collection of local and regional facilities offering a wide range of recreational opportunities and nature experiences.

Visit http://www.sjcfl.us/Recreation/Parks/AlpineGroves.aspx for additional information.