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Park on Santa Fe River spring gets cleaned and stabilized

A cleaned-up spring and new bathrooms are the highlights of a renovated Rum Island Park that was introduced Tuesday morning ceremony by Columbia County commissioners and others.

The popular park on the Santa Fe River was closed for about a year while the $300,000 project was underway.

Visitors and county parks officials check out the renovations and clean-up to the spring head area at Rum Island Spring and Park during the reopening of the park north of High Springs on Tuesday.

“It looks so good. The (spring) bank looks really nice and pretty,” said Lindsey Garland, spokeswoman for the Suwannee River Water Management District. “They added grass for stabilization, so that looks very good.”

The district kicked in $150,000 for the work. The county got another $150,000 in legislative appropriations and contributed some in-kind services.

One new feature some people might not like is an entrance fee. Rum Island had been free but a $5 per car fee is now charged. Annual passes can be purchased.

The 44-acre park off County Road 138 near Fort White includes includes a boat ramp, picnic area and

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