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Billy Creek Preserve

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Billy Creek Preserve
Woodside Ave.
Fort Myers , Florida 33905

Total Acres: 50.69
Number of Parcels: 1
Total Cost: $2,500,000.00
Date Acquired: Friday, June 27, 2008 *
*Date first parcel was acquired.

Additional Acquisition Information
Land Stewardship Plan Unavailable

Coordinator: Laura Greeno
Telephone: (239) 707-2206

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This property, located within the City of Fort Myers on the north bank of Billy’s Creek canal directly east of Billy Bow Legs Park, is rather unique when compared to the other Conservation 20/20 properties. The land was acquired through funding from the Conservation 20/20 program, but the South Florida Water Management District provided $808,000 in grant funding towards the construction of a filter marsh to improve water quality downstream. Finally, the City of Fort Myers provided the remainder of the funding and now oversees the daily operations of the facility.

This is one of the most centrally located and arguably “metropolitan” Conservation 20/20 properties, but don’t let the surrounding neighborhoods deter you. The area still possesses a strong sense of natural beauty and the impressive amount of restoration work that has been done is evident the moment you step on the property. All the ponds were actually mad-made in order to act as a filtration system for Billy’s Creek before it eventually feeds into the Caloosahatchee.

The site features a canoe/kayak launch and 1.5 miles of paved multi-use trails that meander around the ponds, providing a perfect place for a leisurely stroll or a healthy jog. A walk-through entrance is located on Woodside Drive. Parking is provided at the City of Fort Myers Billy Bow Legs Park on Marsh Avenue.

Recreation Opportunities:
Bike Trails, Bird Watching, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Fishing, Hiking (Marked Trails), Jogging, Nature Study/Photography, On-leash Pet Walking, Picnic Area

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