Poe Springs Re-Opens on July Fourth
"I said it's open it's open. We are going to come here," said Peggy Jensen.
Jensen of Alachua said as soon as she found out poe springs was re-opening on July 4, 2013 she knew where and how she would celebrate the holiday.
"We wanted to do something for July 4th, and I have two kayaks so we are going kayaking," said Jensen.
Many other residents also chose to relax at the newly renovated Poe Springs.
"We came here to hang out with some fun people on Independence Day and check out the new renovated pow springs. It's actually our fist time here," said Steve Pollard.
For others, poe springs is an historic place.
"I came out here before when I was little and it closed for so many years and they just wanted to bring me back so I can see it again," said Stephanie Barber.
The county park opened in 1992, but the springs was in need of repair about 19 years later.
In December 2011 the county started working on replacing the springs retaining wall and steps.
Last June work was stopped due to flooding caused by Tropical Storm Debby, but now one year and a half later, the construction is complete.
"I think it's a lot nicer because of all the steps and the rails," said Barber.
"They re-did all this. It looks great," said Chris Kolger.
There's a stacked block retaining wall, new steps and handrails.
The construction cost the county about $147,000.
"It took a long time, but it was needed," said Jensen.
On July 4, 2013 visitors barbecued in the pavilions while others took a dip in the springs.
"It was pretty cold, but I got use to it," said Joshua Pollard.
Residents we spoke to said they're happy and impressed with the new Poe Springs.
"We will definitely be coming back. Poe Springs is beautiful," said Steve Pollard.
Starting today the springs will be open Thursday through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the afternoon and it's free to get in.
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