Hawkins Recreational Park in Santa Rosa County reopened to the public, after a six-year closure, on Wednesday, August 4. Park visitors can now enjoy picnicking, fishing, hiking, bird watching, and other activities again.

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APD Area Director Walt Wooten addresses the large crowd.

Boy Scout Troop 409 presents the colors.

APD Director Jim DeBeaugrine welcomes the park’s visitors.

A large crowd turned out for the event..

Pyramid singers entertained the crowd.

The new Pavillion at Hawkins Park.

People check out the new park.

Iva McKenzie tries out the accessible swings at Hawkins Park with a push from her niece.

Two-year-old Grace Smith enjoys the new park.

17-month-old Junior Sarjoo plays on one of the playground toys.

Keith Waitman, David Long, and Amrai Waitman check out the fishing pier.

20 acres of the park are wetlands.

People check out the new park.

Visitors enjoy lunch in a new pavilion.

Jon Creamer, Director Jim DeBeaugrine, Malva Weaver, and Steve Boley.