Bagdad in Santa Rosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Bagdad Mill Site Park
The mill site's natural characteristics were changed in the twentieth century when it was used as a prestress concrete plant (1977-1992) and an asphalt plant (1995-1999). When the asphalt company was unable to continue their operations, the land was donated to the State of Florida with the provision that it be used for the conservation and protection of natural and historical resources. The county subleased the site from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Greenways and Trails to develop a park. Since 2005, the Bagdad Waterfronts Florida Partnership has helped conserve the Bagdad Mill Site and has supported the county's efforts to develop the 22-acre property In 2006, a master planning process was held and a management plan was developed for the park. A technical assistance grant from the Florida Department of Community Affairs in 2007 to study the retaining wall along the river's edge was the first step in determining what improvements needed to be made. A master plan and conceptual layout of park amenities, funded by a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant, was developed in 2008 Volunteers planted trees and installed an irrigation system, and in 2009, more volunteer hours were invested at the Bagdad Mill Site Park than any other Florida Office of Greenways and Trails' park in the state. With assistance from the State of Florida, the vacant concrete buildings left by the asphalt plant were demolished in 2010. In 2011, the park was designated by the Department of Environmental Protection as part of the Florida Greenways and Trails System. A ground-breaking ceremony for the first phase of improvements
Center: Richard Lewis and Tom Scott guide tractor operator
John Davis as he lowers a tree into its hole.
Right, top: Bagdad Mill Site Park under construction
Right, middle: Restored barber shop
Right, bottom: Bagdad Art Stroll, 2008
Erected 2016 by Bagdad Waterfronts Florida Partnership, Inc.
Location. 30° 36.286′ N, 87° 1.94′ W. Marker is in Bagdad, Florida, in Santa Rosa County. Marker can be reached from Main Street 0.1 miles from Forsyth Street. Touch for map. Located within the Bagdad Mill Site Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6953 Main Street, Bagdad FL 32530, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Architecture of Bagdad (within shouting distance of this marker); The Early History of Bagdad (within shouting distance of this marker); Bagdad After the Mill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A New Century (about 300 feet away); The Longleaf Pine (about 300 feet away); Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (about 300 feet away); Animals Along the Blackwater River (about 300 feet away); Working for the Company (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bagdad.
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Notable Places •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 196 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 8, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.