Media Release

Watermelon Pond Preserve Management Planning Meeting

Monday, April 27, 2015 12:00 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Environmental Protection Department invites residents to the Watermelon Pond Preserve Management Planning Meeting on Monday, May 4, 2015, at 6 p.m. at Archer City Hall (16870 SW 134th Avenue, Archer).

Between 2006 and 2013, Alachua County acquired approximately 1,179 acres within the Alachua County Forever Watermelon Pond Project, now managed as Watermelon Pond Preserve.  Lands within the Preserve were acquired to improve and manage environmentally significant lands, to protect water resources, wildlife habitats and natural areas suitable for resource-based recreation. The management plan is being revised to reflect the addition of two parcels to the Preserve, and citizen input is requested.

View/download the Management Plan Draft (PDF).

A paper or electronic copy of the plan may be requested by calling 352-264-6835. Citizens may provide input at the meeting, or by submitting written comments via mail or email to the Environmental Protection Department Land Conservation Program by May 7, 2015.

Written comments should be mailed to:
Alachua County Forever Program
Alachua County Environmental Protection Department
408 W. University Avenue, Suite 106
Gainesville, FL 32601

For more information, contact Alachua County Senior Environmental Specialist Susanna Hetrick at 352-264-6835 or


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).