City Restoring Wilderness Park

landscape.JPGThe City of West Palm Beach is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to environmental restoration through renovations and upgrades to Apoxee (pronounced uh-po-ee) Park, a wilderness area set aside for preservation, environmental education, and public enjoyment.  City crews are in the process of treating and eradicating more than 70 acres of invasive and damaging vegetation, helping restore the park’s natural ecosystem.

City contractors have primarily removed Melaleuca, along with other species such as Australian Pine, Brazilian Pepper, and Old World Climbing Fern.  These plant species are non-native, and are damaging to the park’s indigenous species.  The City’s commitment of staff and resources to conduct an ongoing invasive, exotic vegetation program and the environmental education outreach at Apoxee was matched with a grant from Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management’s Public Land Grant Program.

“Destinations like Apoxee Park give our families fun and enriching ways to explore the City and get a taste of the old Florida wilderness,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Lois J. Frankel.  “By enhancing and preserving this pristine wilderness park, we’re continuing to protect our environment and our history.”

The City has previously removed invasive vegetation from more than 350 acres at Apoxee.

Apoxee Park is located on Jog Road, 1 mile north of Okeechobee Blvd.  The park entrance is on the west side of Jog Road.  For more information, contact Grassy Waters Preserve at (561) 627-8831.  Environmental education outreach activities are offered through the City’s Grassy Waters Preserve.  Interpretive guides offer interpretive nature walks and environmental education programs at the Preserve.