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Gemini Springs Dog Park, DeBary

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Gemini Springs Park is a 210acre public nature park in DeBary, Florida, United States featuring two springs. The park, completed in 1996, is situated on bayou northwest of Lake Monroe (Florida).DescriptionGemini Springs Park is located immediately northwest of Lake Monroe (Florida) in DeBary, Florida on the DeBary Bayou. The park is situated on 210acre of wooded land. 6.5 million gallons of fresh water flow from the park's two flowing springs each day. The park features a fishing pier, a fenced dog park, picnic pavilions, bicycle and hiking trails, a playground, campsites and restrooms.HistoryCattle rancher Saundra Gray and her husband, Charles Gray, an Orlando attorney, purchased 160 acres of the Gemini Springs Farm in 1969 for $280,000, and later purchased adjacent property. After moving their cattle ranch operation from Osceola County to Gemini Springs Farm, they raised and bred Santa Gertudis cattle. They maintained most of the property in its natural state, only using a portion for cattle. They added an earthen dam near the springs, creating a reservoir at one end of the bayou.Land acquisitionIn 1986, the Grays drew criticism from environmentalists after selling a parcel of the farm along the DeBary bayou to a developer and pursuing plans to dredge the bayou to provide access for boats from a proposed condominium complex. In 1989, they sought permits for a 214-unit subdivision surrounding the springs, again prompting a reaction from environmentalists who urged the county to purchase the property for use as a passive park. Initially, the property was offered to the county for $7 million, $4 million less than the property was privately appraised for, according to Charles Gray. By 1993, the asking price for the property was reduced to $6 million.
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TripAdvisor
  • Visit this park at almost any time of day and you'll find your neighbors fishing, walking, picnicking or simply sitting by the lake formed by the springs. The park is always a clean and quiet place to...  more »
  • Good bike and walking trails. Spring is not very clear or viewable compared to Blue Springs. No swinmming. Not worth a trip unless you want to bike.  more »
  • Went with my wife and son. Called and resevered a camp site. I have not been camping here before. The entrance was locked with a lock and key no where to enter a gate code. First thing that upset me. ...  more »
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  • Not only is it a great place for the dog it's a huge park, friendly people for the most part, but it's also good for your health if you walk around the park with your dog. Then you can go out and walk the main Park itself and enjoy its wonder and Beauty you'll see owls, hawks, wild boar and all kinds of wildlife if you go on the trails. The staff does a fantastic job of keeping up with the maintenance on the park. It's always beautifully maintained.
  • This is a park with a dog park. Not just a dog park, so definitely bring your human kids and family. There's plenty of space to run or picnic, trails, playground and you can camp here too. (: the only thing you can't do is swim lol.
  • Excellent park. Loads of facilities. Spacious dog park, lots of open space. Plentiful parking and pavilions.
  • It's a very quiet and relaxing place to take walks. My dog loves the unpaved path portions and I love the spring in the middle. Very active on the weekends. A great place to throw birthday parties or just have a picnic on the open fields.
  • Very beautiful park, lots to do with the kids or just to have a picnic, beautiful area for family photos also, only downfall is there is no swimming