Palm Beach County officially opened more than nine miles of new equestrian trails in Okeeheelee Park South with an early morning ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, May 31. Among the nearly 100 attendees were about 50 who participated on horseback.
“Palm Beach County has historically been an agricultural and equestrian community, and this project furthers our commitment to support our history and to provide top-notch horseback riding experiences for local equestrian enthusiasts,” Commissioner Paulette Burdick said.
Development of the trails included extensive removal of exotic vegetation. The resulting scenic system of trails offers equestrians a unique opportunity to experience nine distinct local ecosystems.
“This restoration project eliminates intrusive exotics and also preserves and enhances nine different ecosystems that our children and our grandchildren can learn about and enjoy,” Burdick added.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Burdick led the inaugural ride through the new equestrian trails.
The park’s master plan includes additional hiking and biking trails, which are well underway, and a canoe/kayak launch. Additional amenities include a playground, restrooms and picnic facilities. For info., visit www.pbcparks.com.