Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park Partially Reopens: 5 Changes to Know
After Hurricane Ian devastated portions of the Southwest Florida region last September, restoration efforts at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park have been no walk in the park. But after several months of hard work–your next visit will be.
The park reopened, partially, in late May after months of reconstruction. Although some areas are still restricted, organizers say it’s much better than the alternative.
“The alternative was to stay closed for years as the rebuild moved forward, or to open as much as possible and continue on,” wrote Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park on its website.
“Friends” is an organization whose core mission is to promote awareness and use of the park, to assist with maintenance, and to improve facilities.
Friends of Delnor-Wiggins asks that visitors to the park observe certain temporary changes that have been put in place, and assures that the modifications are “what is needed to be open while the rebuild moves forward.”
5 Important Park Changes You Need to Know
Change #1. Park entrance fees are paid on an honor system via donor boxes placed in parking areas. The fees help to restore and support the park.
Change #2. Portable toilets are available in parking areas 1 and 2. You can also go to the Bluebill entrance and use the restrooms and showers there.
Change #3. Grills aren’t permitted inside the park because the picnic areas haven’t been restored yet, and you aren’t permitted to grill on the beach.
Change #4. Rope fencing shouldn’t be crossed. The fencing helps safeguard sand dunes and facilitate the regrowth of vegetation.
Change #5. The boat launch is operational.
A Little History About Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
Dellora Norris, whose name composite “Del-Nor” makes up the first half of the park’s name, was instrumental in helping Collier County obtain the land that comprises the park in 1964.
The state of Florida purchased the land from Collier County in 1970 and turned it into a state park in 1976.
The park land has roots as an 1800s trading post. Joe Wiggins, the other of the park’s namesakes, operated a trading post during that era where he exchanged wares with other settlers and Seminole natives.
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