Dedicated 1999 & 2004 – A Partnership in Parks Project*
The Partnership in Parks Program made Wildlife Walk Phase I and Wildlife Walk Phase II possible.* The Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park raised sixty percent of the total funds, with the state of Florida providing the remaining forty percent to make this project a reality. It took the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park three years to raise the funds for Phase II. These funds were matched with state funding.
The Friends raised their portion through a variety of methods ranging from large public events to selling popcorn. Additional contributions were received from visitors, businesses, and foundations.
Phase II of the Wildlife Walk includes habitats for the cougar, panther, bobcats, black bears, and reptiles as well as over 1,000 feet of elevated boardwalk, two combination rain shelters and overlooks, the Wildlife Encounter Pavilion, two bridges and a rest room facility. The Wildlife Walk is a multi-phase project. The first phase of the Wildlife Walk was completed in 1999 and Phase II in 2004.
*The Partnership in Parks program was established in 1996 by the Florida Legislature to encourage and facilitate public and private partnership for park improvements.