What: ELAPP 25th Anniversary Celebration
When: Friday, April 11 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Lake Frances Nature Preserve, 10225 Woodstock Rd. in Odessa
What: Pontoon Boat Rides, Refreshments, Walking Tours
April marks Earth Month for wildlife and nature lovers around the world. In Hillsborough County, the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department will host its own green celebration: the 25th Anniversary of the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP).
On Friday, April 11 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., the public is invited to the Lake Frances Nature Preserve, 10225Woodstock Road in Odessa to commemorate more than 25 years of successful preservation of environmentally sensitive lands in Hillsborough County. Staff will host guided tours – by land and lake – uniquely offered for this special event. Attendees can observe a variety of natural habitats and species, and even take a pontoon boat ride with park preserve personnel. Comfortable clothing, closed-toed shoes and sunscreen are recommended.
A host of dignitaries will attend the ELAPP 25th Anniversary celebration, including former Governor Bob Martinez and former Hillsborough County Commissioner Jan K. Platt, after whom the County’s ELAPP program has now been named. The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners has also been scheduled to attend. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free.
Hillsborough County voters established ELAPP in the late 1980’s to conserve and protect lands that have irreplaceable and valued ecological resources. The Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department manages 61 properties with more than 61,500 acres of environmentally sensitive wildlife habitat and corridors. The Jan K. Platt ELAPP Program is currently one of the largest local land acquisition programs in Florida. Approximately one third of the lands have been acquired in partnership with other local, state and federal agencies including the Cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City; the Department of Environmental Protection/Florida Communities Trust Program; and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
For additional information about Hillsborough County’s ELAPP 25th Anniversary Celebration, or the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, call 813-635-3500 or visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Parks.