Construction crews will be busy this summer after the county finishes clearing debris and concrete from the future site of the Bagdad Mill Site Park, according to Vernon Compton, project director at The Longleaf Alliance.

Compton said one of the first things going into the park is a multi-use trail and parking lot. Ultimately, he said, visitors can look forward to picnic tables, a fishing pier, a boat dock, a dog park, and interpretive signs explaining significant points of history in the park as well as noting local wildlife. Compton said the Bagdad Waterfronts Florida Partnership has put in a tremendous amount of volunteer hours into the park and helped to raise money to see the park realize its potential.

The park's opening will be a milestone six years in the making when the Partnership first worked with Santa Rosa County and a landscape architect in 2008 to incorporate community input into a plan for the park.