After a ten-year revitalization effort by a Florida community, the Bagdad Mill Site Park complex opened with a fundraising festival in May 2016. The 22-acre park was once the site of one of the largest long leaf yellow pine lumber producers in the nation, prized for its ship and commercial building properties. This abandoned property now has been repurposed, with the help of Bagdad Waterfronts Group (“Bagdad Waterfronts”), into a beautiful park site on the confluence of Mill Pond Creek and the Blackwater River.
Working with the University of West Florida, Santa Rosa County, and local groups, Bagdad Waterfronts proposed developing a village-wide visioning plan, transportation master plan, economic development study, pocket park on the Blackwater River and mitigation of invasive species. Another phase includes a grant application to create a Maritime Trail on the Blackwater River, eventually connecting to the entire State of Florida Maritime trail system.
The Bagdad Maritime Heritage Trail will introduce boaters to the numerous historical, recreational and archeological artifacts above and below the water, left over from 260 years of a working, waterfront village called Bagdad. Learn more at Bagdad Waterfronts Florida Partnership. For more information, contact Doug Lasater, president, Bagdad Waterfronts, (850) 380-4484.