Wastewater to Wetlands Program
Easterly Wetlands - Community Participation
large portion of the Orlando Easterly Wetlands Reclamation Project is open
as a City of Orlando park eight months of every year. During this time,
the city estimates that more than 10,000 people visit the park annually.
The park offers many passive recreational opportunities, including hiking,
jogging, and bicycle riding. In addition to providing opportunities for
the activities of individuals, the City of Orlando began sponsoring an
annual Orlando Wetlands Park Festival in 1999. The festival attracted more
than 500 people. Festival participants were treated to guided nature walks
and bicycle rides, guided bus tours, various presentations regarding
wetlands and wildlife, numerous demonstrations, and many different display
booths. Because of the success of the festival, it will become an annual
The park offers an abundance of scenic views for visitors who wish to
enjoy the beauty of Florida wildlife in a natural habitat. Environmental
organizations participate in various activities within the park, such as
the annual butterfly survey. Audubon Society groups frequently sponsor
bird-watching tours within the park, and the Florida Native Plant Society
holds native plant hikes.
Community participation at the park also involves volunteer support to
enhance wildlife habitat. Examples include a conservation day held by
Scout troops that constructed bird houses and bat boxes for installation
at the park, and the planting of 2,000 pine tree seedlings for enhancement
of natural areas by a Cub Scout pack.
Area schools with environmental education programs frequently use the
park as a natural laboratory, research facility, and an example of the
current trend toward socially responsible environmental management.
Additionally, 10 to 15 tours each year are given to delegates and
representatives of foreign countries who are interested in economical
alternatives for wastewater disposal.
For more information about tours or to book a tour contact:
City of Orlando
Public Works Department
5100 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32811
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