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Parking, restrooms, new trails planned for Four Creeks Preserve.

Matthew C. Woodruff

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Four Creeks Preserve Overview(Alachua County)

In a public forum held on July 28th the body overseeing Four Creeks Preserve in Gainesville’s Northwest area, The Alachua County Land Conservation and Management Office, announced plans for the future of the 715-acre preserve bordering Hwy 441 and NW 43rd St.

The Phase 2 plan would include a 20 – 30 space parking lot, a new walk-in entrance, a new one-mile loop trail to connect to the existing trails and an overlook area all located on the 43rd St. side. Restrooms and possibly a bus loop could be part of a Phase 3 addition. There is currently no access to the preserve from that side of the city. 43rd St. is a county-maintained roadway.

The 715-acre land area was privately owned and purchased by an agreement between the City of Gainesville and Alachua County using funds from the Wild Spaces, Public Places and the Tree Mitigation fund. In Gainesville and Alachua County when developers or homeowners want to remove certain trees, Remove a Tree (alachuacounty.us) depending on the size and quality, they either must pay into the mitigation fund or replace the trees in another location. Failure to do so results in a fine.

The Tree Mitigation Fund is in place to help manage a healthy tree canopy which provides the benefits of ground water management and use and cuts down on energy usage to cool homes and buildings. Gainesville is a Tree City USA meaning it meets the criteria as set forth by the Arbor Day Foundation in tree management and observance.

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Matthew is a free-lance journalist, and an internationally award-winning author best known for Dark Humor/Lite Horror/Supernatural short stories. He is a lover of the unusual, travel, cats and people's souls. Matthew is based in Florida, USA.

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