St Johns County spokesman Michael Ryan reported to Historic City News that Alpine Groves Park has received state-wide recognition as the Florida Communities Trust Park of the 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 and Florida Department of Environmental Protection 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.