Editorial: Freedom Park ... take time, explore this gem

Although the curious have been able to wander in for several weeks, Freedom Park in Naples is now officially open.

We encourage everyone to go and take a look. You are bound to be impressed.

Its designers have managed to turn a project aimed at stopping polluted storm water before it reaches Naples Bay into something more. Although at 50 acres Freedom Park is far from the biggest area park, it quickly takes visitors from the heart of our urban area, where they are, into Old Florida. Motor-vehicle traffic whizzing by on Golden Gate Parkway and Goodlette-Frank Road falls silent and seems to be far away as visitors explore the park’s trail system.

We recommend setting aside at least an hour to explore and appreciate all it has to offer.

We also recommend educational markers to identify plants and explain what parkgoers are seeing to make the most of these nature-friendly opportunities.

Chances are your first visit will not be your last. The overall experience, we trust, will be so pleasant you will want to go back again and again — and the scenery and water levels are likely to shift every time you do. You can also monitor progress on the Freedom Memorial saluting 9/11 and other American heroes and patriots from all 50 states.

Go see. Freedom Park is open and ready for you.

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