James E. Grey Preserve

The James E. Grey Preserve, located on Plathe Road and Baker Road, is an 80-acre nature park (of which 50 acres are protected wetlands) that officially opened to the public in 2003. The city of New Port Richey bought the land in 1997, paying $120,000 of the $775,000 purchase price. The purchase was funded largely by a state trust that buys environmentally sensitive land. The park is one of the few remaining undeveloped sites along the Pithlachascotee River. Visitors can kayak through the canals of the preserve, which has untouched ecosystems, wooded upland and swamps. Turkeys, cranes, deer, alligators and birds live in the area.

A St. Petersburg Times article about the preserve is here.

Scenes from the Grand Re-opening Ceremony, Nov. 18, 2007

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