Captain Leonard Destin Park

Destin, Florida

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The City of Destin and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection teamed up to develop this 3.4 acre park. The park includes an accessible beach area, boardwalk, dock and paddlecraft launch, splash pad, playground, and picnic pavilions. An existing heron rookery was preserved and marked with interpretive signage to educate visitors on the important role urban parks can play in wildlife conservation. Historical interpretive elements such as a replica seine boat were constructed on the site as well. Captain Leonard Destin Park is named for the original founder of the City of Destin who came from New London, Connecticut in the mid-1800s to establish a fishing village along the Florida Gulf Coast.

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American Society of Landscape Architects Award, 2021