■ BY SUE ERWIN
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection launched a new Florida Park Service website in 2018, and this year they launched a new logo to help promote the 175 state parks, trails and historical sites throughout the state.
“The Florida State Park logo officially changed earlier this year, and we received the new logos recently,” said Gasparilla Island State Park Manager Rick Argo. “We’re just catching up and getting our signs updated by adding the new logo and a fresh coat of paint.”
The new logo features the Florida panther, which symbolizes the Florida Park Service’s role in protection and conservation, while representing the wild, “Real Florida” found within Florida State Parks.
“I’m glad the logo was changed to something that makes more sense: a Florida panther that represents Florida state parks,” said Roxanne Doyle, a regular visitor to Gasparilla Island State Park. “An animal that is in its natural habitat makes a good choice for this type of logo.”
The new website and logo were created through a partnership between Florida State Parks and VISIT FLORIDA, the official tourism marketing corporation for the state of Florida.
“Florida is home to the best state parks in the nation. I am proud to celebrate the many successes of our state parks, including record achievements in resource management and the opening of our 175th state park, Gilchrist Blue Springs,” Governor Rick Scott said in a press release. “Our award-winning state park service not only provides world-class recreation for Florida’s residents and visitors, but also protects our natural treasures for generations to come.”
For more information, visit FloridatateParks.org.