Discover Deltona Ecoparks!
Deltona is the perfect mix of recreation, entertainment, ecological tourism and nature.
1. Audubon Park
Corner of Lush Ln. and Doyle Rd.
3. Community Gardens at Vann Park
675 Elgrove Drive
4.Lyonia Environmental Center & Nature Preserve
2150 Eustace Avenue
5.Thornby Nature Park
110 Providence Blvd.
6.Deltona’s Lakeshore EcoVillage
980 Lakeshore Dr
7. Lake Monroe Boat Ramp
966 Lakeshore Drive
8.Three Island Lake Nature Preserve Park
2100 Brewster Drive
9.(West) Blue Heron Nature Preserve Park
10.Lake McGarity at Campbell Park
1315 Briarwood Avenue
11.Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex
1200 Saxon Blvd.
12.Dupont Lakes Park
2711 Elkcam Blvd.
13.Dwight Hawkins Park
3050 Riverhead Drive
191 Howland Blvd.
15.Firefighters’ Memorial Park
1426 East Lombardy Drive
16.Harris M. Saxon Community Center & Park
2329 California Street
17. Keysville Dog Park
2641 Keysville Avenue
18.Lake Butler Recreation Complex:
Youth Advisory Board Skate Park
301 Courtland Blvd
19.Lake Gleason Park
1019 East Gaucho Circle
2394 Oberlin Lane
21.Manny Rodriguez Park
1570 Overton Street
22.Timber Ridge Park
1138 Glendale Avenue
23.Tom Hoffman Park
1751 Whipple Drive
24.Veterans’ Memorial Park & Museum
1921 Evard Avenue
25.Wes Crile Park
1537 Norbert Terrace
Many nature based experiences are offered with the City of Deltona. The Ecological Tourism Sustainability Plan consists of:
II. Nature Themed Parks
III. Back to Nature & Pollinator Friendly Themed Projects
The sustainability premise of the Ecological Tourism Sustainability Plan is this: with sufficient nature based attractions and experiences being offered, stays exceeding one day are to be expected. These extended stays, with “Heads on Pillows & Wallets Opened” will now enhance the ecological growth for:
1. Bicycle Shops, Kayak/Canoe Rentals. Bait and Fishing Shops, as well as other shops with essential provisions.
2. Restaurants, Cafés, Service Companies and Lodging.
The development of these ecological and nature based facilities fall into three groups, as follows:
• Florida’s St Johns River to Sea Loop Trail (accomplished)
• Florida’s Coast to Coast Trail (accomplished)
• Deltona’s Lakeshore Loop Trail (accomplished)
• Deltona: Florida Greenways & Trails designation – Trail Town (accomplished)
• Deltona: Florida Greenways & Trails designation – Lakeshore Trailhead (accomplished)
• Deltona: Lakeshore Trailhead Master Plan (Neel-Schaffer Consulting) (working)
• Deltona: Providence Boulevard North/South City Connector Stem Trail (working)
• Deltona: Providence Boulevard North/South City Branch Trail, connecting various City parks and new neighborhoods to the Providence Boulevard North/South City Connector Stem Trail (projected and working),
• Deltona: Lakeshore Blue Trail (projected)
• Deltona & Volusia County: Lakeshore Boardwalk Trail (projected)
• Blueways Trails and the Butler Chain of Lakes Blueway Trail
The development of the Lakeshore EcoVillage is a City project to develop the property currently owned by the City of Deltona at 980 Lakeshore Drive. A “Cracker Revival Look” will add to the early Florida ambiance of a multi-room lodge, mini-houses, and tree houses. The lodging and restaurant will be available to the public, but is primarily intended for trail users, boaters, fishermen, and nature enthusiasts. In addition to the Lodge, the existing “Craft Building” will be rejuvenated and leased to a bicycle shop. The “Little Red Schoolhouse” will be the informational and educational facility serving the trail system. Included will be the paving of this site’s parking lot, to provide better designation of parking, enhance traffic flows, and resolve the rain-washed debris onto the Lakeshore Loop Trail and Lakeshore Drive.
Partners: St Johns River to Sea Loop Association; Volusia County Parks & Recreation Department; Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Department of Greenways & Trails; Community of Enterprise; Edgewater Condominium Association; Lakeside Condominium Association; St Johns River Water Management District.
II. NATURE THEMED PARKS
Parks dedicated primarily as nature experience-based parks, with minimum manmade impact: minimal impact parking and trails, natural or manmade water features; educational/historical and nature themed signage; striving toward ADA compliancy. Linking these parks with an Nature-Park Tour Trail is based on the City of San Antonio’s Mission Trail, where the missions of San Antonio (circa 1700s and early 1800s) were connected with roads so that the missions could be accessed (in earlier times by one to two day’s wagon or horseback travel time, and by less than one-hour current time). Each park has wayfinding signage (directions also available via electronic access) showing the entire five-mission tour, with explicit directions to the two closest missions). One visit leads to another. The same thought applies to the Nature Park Tour Trail… follow the signage to each new park, to see birds and wildlife native to that ecosystem.
CURRENT NATURE-THEMED PARKS:
1. Lyonia Educational Center and Trails – Lyonia features a “birdwatcher’s life-bird” that is in great demand, the Florida Scrub Jay. Other wildlife is also featured, along with multiple educational themed exhibits and offerings. Currently out-of-state and out-of-country visitors exceed ten thousand visits annually;
2. Thornby Park – Thornby Park features an “all inclusive” playground for children with disabilities. The existing nature trail is currently being expanded to an outdoor classroom, a water feature, historical and nature features with signage, and is being upgraded to make it ADA accessible with benches, ramps, boardwalks, and a bridge;
3. Audubon Nature Park – Located with easy automobile access through the Doyle Road/Lush Lane parking entrance, and accessible to the trail systems for bikers and walkers through the South Entrance, Audubon offers a wide variety of natural themes:
A. In a one year study, over 200 species of birds were observed at this park by the Audubon Society.
B. There are numerous other (non-bird) species within the park.
C. There are five ecological systems, each offering a variety of differing flora and fauna;
D. There is an expanded water feature: A “falling water” series of ponds with water flowing from the shallow marsh impoundment to the deeper marsh pond, to the deep water pond…a series of three adjoining ponds. All attract various wildlife.
PLANNED NATURE-THEMED PARKS:
A. Beechdale Phase l – Located at Ft. Smith and Beechdale Drive, this is a two phased park that will offer expansive water features and open viewing areas, trails, parking, benches, and observation points.
B. Brewster (Three Island Lake) – Located in the NE area of Deltona, Brewster offers wooded trails that meander alongside Three Island Lake. It offers large oaks and pines, the lakeshore water feature, observation points connected by trails.
A. Beechdale Phase ll – This is a continuation of the Phase l development. It expands the nature-themed offerings with additional parks, bridges, raised boardwalks, and great overlooks.
B. Snook/Rookery – Located in a south/central location, this parks overlooks Big Lake, which is well known to nature enthusiasts for a large wading bird rookery. The lake water feature and rookery overlook are great focus points, but the trail will also feature low impact parking and trails, educational and wayfinding signage, and more.
C. Inclusion of Campbell Park, an existing City park. Campbell Park offers a low-impact trail, boardwalks, and a two-story observation tower overlooking Lake McGarity. Fishing and boating are also available, along with pavilions and picnic tables.
D. Deltona Community Gardens, an existing facility offering security fenced raised bed gardening, classes, community based gatherings, and more, will work with the City to expand a “food trail” featuring various native and common non-native fruit and nut trees to augment the gardens.
Partners: Deltona Strong; Volusia County ECHO Grant Program, West Volusia Audubon Society
III. BACK TO NATURE POLLINATOR FRIENDLY THEMED PROJECT
2018 –Become a Monarch City USA designated city.
(accomplished). Begin a development and publicity program to provide locations, develop locations, promote pollinator friendly locations in both city-owned locations and privately owned locations, and publicize this program through recognition (signs and publicity).
2020 –In 2020, become an official “Pollinator Friendly City”, via the Xerces Association accreditation.
A. Become a “Bee City”, via the Florida Bee Keepers Association.
2020 -Through resolution, become a Bird Sanctuary City.
PROMOTION VIA NATURE THEMED FESTIVALS
- Resolution to be placed before City of Deltona Commission to declare 2020 “The Year of the Butterfly”.
- The initial “City of Deltona Monarch Festival” planned for spring of 2020.
- Resolution placed before City of Deltona Commission to declare 2021 “The Year of the Bird”.
- The initial “City of Deltona Birding & Nature Festival” in first quarter of 2021.
Partners: West Volusia Audubon Society; Florida Wildlife Commission; Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; Department of Greenways & Trails. Deltona Community Gardens, Xerces Association, Monarch City USA
For a full list of Deltona’s Parks, visit the City’s online directory by clicking here: City Park Directory
Ecotourism & Preservation
Over the past few years, the City of Deltona has focused on the development of nature themed parks, and an extensive trail and bicycle system to access these resources and help the physical as well as the emotional well-being of our citizens.
Parks and recreation facilities provide opportunities for physical activity and can help people of all ages lead a more active lifestyle. People who live near parks are more likely to be active, improving their quality of life. Our research documents the most effective ways to improve the design, quality and availability of parks and recreation resources. Making EcoParks accessible in all communities is a critical strategy for increasing physical activity, economic growth and preventing COVID-19.
The City of Deltona EcoParks Initiative
• The Wildlife Viewing and Nature Tourism Academy approached the City of Deltona to participate at its national meeting being held in Florida in 2020. Deltona was the only municipal government participating in the academy, which is sponsored by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. This was in recognition of the significant strides the City has made to develop and connect residents to nature. The Academy has asked the City of Deltona to share its story at the next Annual Academy Event.
• Neighboring Cities of Sanford and DeBary are working with Deltona Staff to cooperatively market and share our collective Natural Assets. Taken together, these three city’s form a region with exceptional outdoor recreational assets. Moving forward, this three city partnership will continue to cooperatively enhance our complementary efforts.
• The City of Deltona contained a feature article in an edition of the Florida Fish and Wildlife publication called “Catch a Wild Tourist”. This article outlines the City’s overarching goal of creating passive outdoor nature parks within a city often associated with suburbanization. View the article here: @MyFWC “Kite Tales”
• The Conservation Florida Organization is working with the City to make the 483 Acre D-Ranch publicly accessible to educate residents and visitors on natural areas, EcoParks and wildlife corridors.