Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Georgia Town Turning Rice Field into a Park

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Georgia Town Turning Rice Field into a Park

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MIDWAY, Ga. -- On 180 acres tucked between U.S. 17 and Interstate 95 in coastal Georgia, the city of Midway is turning a former rice field into a wetlands interpretive center.

It may be years before the park is finished, but city planners envision a freshwater preserve where people can arrive in kayaks and canoes, visit an outdoor lab and tree walk, then paddle on to Cay Creek, which feeds into North Newport River.

Phillip Flournoy, a program manager with the state Department of Natural Resources, said Cay Creek is an excellent demonstration and education project. Plus, it could work well with the saltwater marsh nature trail at the DNR's Coastal Resource Division office in Brunswick, he said.

"Within less than an hour's drive [of the saltwater trail], people could go to Cay Creek to see a fresh water ecology," Flournoy said. "The two go hand in hand."

The city bought the wetland property in the mid-1990s when it bought land for a sewage treatment plant. …

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