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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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  • The personal mobility laws in Florida changed in 2016. pursuant 316.003 and 316.2068 Segway's are now allowed in Volusia co. parks. If you are approached by park employees simply tell them you are usi...  more »
  • Peaceful grounds. Enjoyed the nature walking trail. You can also bike ride and have a great picnic. Nice place for kids to explore.  more »
  • I bike ride here, watch the birds, squirrels and other wild life. I play with my grandson at the playground. This is a very nice park! There is an area for people that can park and bike ride the trail...  more »
  • Clean, well kept park. My dogs and I and a few friends had a great time on the paved trails and looking at the spring. At least one party was going on at one of the pagodas, but plenty of other tables and pagodas were available. Recommended for a chill afternoon.
  • My dogs loved it. The spring is so nice to be able to view the variety of fish and see the turtles. The small alligator we saw hidden in the marsh was amusing. The children enjoyed the playground and l loved seeing the historic trees in the park. We highly recommend visiting Gemimi Springs Park even though swimming would be nice if they can make it possible.
  • 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.

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