Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center Closed for Renovations; Expected to Open In October 2018
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center is a 51-acre gem in the middle of Clearwater featuring trails and boardwalks surrounded by nature and wildlife. To keep the park bright and beautiful for visitors, the city is making some much needed improvements and upgrades. To do this, Moccasin Lake will closed to the public on March 15 and is scheduled to reopen in October 2018. The total cost of the project is $935,000, of which $200,000 is paid for through a matching grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Renovations will include a complete remodel of the interior spaces of the interpretive center including air conditioning for the entire building, upgraded space for the birds of prey volunteers, and public restrooms. New static displays and live animals will be on display once completed.
Other work will include installation of a new playground, new restrooms moved from a composting system to modern plumbing, new parking lot, remodeling existing classroom to a state-of-the-art classroom, landscaping and trail improvements, a new pier and trail bridge.
"Moccasin Lake Nature Park is a sparkling jewel within the city of Clearwater's park system. These critical improvements will completely enhance the visitor experience, providing a place of respite, education and green space for all ages of the community,” Clearwater Parks and Recreation Specialist Natalie Lamb said. “The renovations, in a nontraditional sense, provide a one-of-a-kind meeting space for activities like weddings, corporate team building and community events. We cannot wait to reintroduce Moccasin Lake Nature Park to the community.”
About Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center
Moccasin Lake is a 51-acre nature preserve with trails and boardwalks under a canopy of mature oaks and across ponds and creeks, with an array of wildlife including gopher turtles, raccoons, and many birds. It is home to several injured birds of prey. The park offers classes, programs, camps and meeting/reception rentals with both indoor and outdoor meeting space.