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Okeeheelee Park, West Palm Beach

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Okeeheelee Park is located in West Palm Beach, Florida, United States. It is managed by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. The original site for the park was purchased in 1973, and at the time only about 10% (90 acres) of the area was in its natural state. After 23 years of reclamation, the park was completed in June 1996. Covering over 1,700 acres (690 ha), the park encompasses two lakes; with access for boating, fishing, water skiing, and radio controlled boating. Okeeheelee's construction was split into 6 phases, however some did not make it, such as phase 5 which was to be a water park.

The park has amenities for many types of sports, including a 27 hole golf course, with pro shop and clubhouse, baseball fields, tennis courts, and a BMX biking area.

There is both a fitness trail and bike trail that snakes between the lakes, with many pavilions and picnic areas along the way.

At the north end of the park, situated on 90 acres (36 ha) of original natural habitat, is the Okeeheelee Nature Center. Finished in 1996, it consists of more than 2 miles (3.2 km) of trails, which travel through the pine flatwoods habitat. The trail includes interpretive signs, trailside benches, and an elevated blind. There is also a Butterfly Garden, and marsh viewing blinds.

Inside are live animal exhibits, interactive displays, and a gift shop. There are also educational programs for both adults and children.

There is a dog park in Okeeheelee Park called Pooch Pines. There are three areas, two for large dogs, and one for small dogs. The hours are the same as the rest of the park, except it is closed from noon to 3 p.m on Wednesdays for maintenance.
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  • The park has so many things to do! Water sports, horses, ball fields, walking trails, and benches in the shade.  more »
  • My wife and I live around the corner and take our dogs there on a regular basis to walk - the parks has a place for water skiing, boating, a public golf course, nature center, and now (recently...  more »
  • We got here early and walked the nature trail before it got too hot. We only saw 2 people. It was very quiet and peaceful. The nature trail is well maintained. The park itself is incredible. It is huge with so many different areas surrounding the lakes. Golf course, Frisbee course, pooch park, picnic area and so much more!
  • Safe fun in the sun... great family experience. Always wanted to try water sports great safe inexpensive way to have all day fun with the family. My daughter had a great instructor. He made her experience the best.

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