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Gemini Springs 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 stayed at a nearby hotel and stopped at this park in the mornings before heading to my inlaws' home (kids get up earlier than anyone else!). We got to see sunrise from the dock/lake area and it was...  more »
  • Park with free entry/entrance. There is a playground, a cold source, track, many hiking trails, you can stop the camp, even at night, but apparently you need to agree with the administration. Picnic, cooking with tables, only take its fuel (coal) and enjoy the party outdoors. There is a place for dog walking.
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  • This park is beautiful! Love walking around letting the kids bike and play on the playground lots of natural beauty to enjoy.