Hurricane Irma sent Florida’s outdoor playgrounds to the ICU. State Parks, National Parks, State Forests, National Forests, Wildlife Management Areas, Water Management Districts, and National Wildlife Refuges in Florida are largely shut down, along with their hiking, biking and paddling trails. I’m sure many city and county parks are no better off.
So at this point it would be wise to check before you plan a day and head out. Here’s the current information and contacts for each of the major playgrounds:
Florida State Parks: https://floridastateparks.org/content/storm-information
FWC Wildlife Management Areas: http://myfwc.com/viewing/recreation/notices/
Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail: http://floridabirdingtrail.com/?platform=hootsuite
National Parks/Florida: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/09-16-17-irma-update.htm
National Forests/Florida: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/florida/alerts-notices
National Wildlife Refuges/Florida: https://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/ByState.cfm?state=FL
Water Management Districts: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/watman/
County park links, where available, can be found here: Where-to-Go
City parks? Google
I’ll keep you posted as I learn more. Keep checking — Irma did a number, but our playgrounds will survive…if a bit altered from the experience.