Okaloosa County's diverse natural environment plays a vital role in preserving our wealth of outdoor activities.
The County is proud of its recreational resources and we are always striving to improve the quality of life for our citizens. Over the past year Resources staff has worked on numerous improvements throughout the County Park system.
The long awaited re-opening of Marler Park has arrived. In addition to boat ramps, a handicapped accessible fishing dock, swimming and picnicking amenities, Marler Park boasts a walking trail through re-established natural habitat and wetlands. There are interpretive signs and an educational area for families or groups to learn a little more about the native environment. During the reconstruction of the park the native plants and nesting areas were retained as much as possible and additional low water using native plant landscaping added to increase habitat areas. A Preservation 2000 grant helped with the costs of the habitat restoration. This next year a children’s playground will be installed.
A Department of Environmental Protection grant is providing funds to re-establish the protective dunes on Okaloosa Island. Dunes provide habitat for various species including nesting sea birds and turtles as well as provide storm protection to homes and businesses on the Island.
There are two grants the County Parks are currently being improved with. Cleo Park, a neighborhood park in the Crestview area, will have a playground and picnic facilities installed. Marler Park on Okaloosa Island will have playground facilities added to the remodeled park.
A long dormant neighborhood park on Lang Road that used to only contain an open play area now highlights play structures specifically designed for handicapped children. The County matched funds raised by the neighborhood and designed a park for their specific needs. The newly renamed “Sunset Park” also provides a walking trail and bench seating.
Seminole Park has undergone a face lift. With an upgraded field, new bathrooms, playground and walking path, it will better meet the needs of the community.
County Parks Staff is working closely with several youth athletics groups to establish schedules for the much in demand game and practice fields for various sports.
Please explore and enjoy a County park today!