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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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  • We love to ride from Monroe Park to Gemini Springs on the excellent bike trail. This trail is diverse, traveling through Florida forest, grass lands and along the Lake Monroe area. The park makes a gr...  more »
  • Seen lots of wildlife and enjoyed the walking trail. Bald eagle, raccoon, armadillo, just a great place to camp or explore. Highly recommend! Great place to walk dogs or ride bikes as well.  more »
  • This 200 acre park is a beautiful representation of mid Florida scenery. This small park has all of what you want to see in this type of attraction. Perfect for small children and Seniors. Paved walki...  more »