Rogers Park to Close Temporarily Oct. 9

The Rogers Park beachfront, park and boat/kayak ramp will be closed to the public starting Monday, October 9, 2017, for approximately three months to complete a parking lot improvement project. Led by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District), this cooperative project with Hernando County will ultimately improve water quality in the Weeki Wachee River.

Using low-impact development (LID) techniques, this 1.8-acre project will reduce the amount of sediments and nutrients running off the parking lot into the river. LID practices being applied at Rogers Park include porous asphalt in the parking spaces, infiltration trenches and bioretention with wetland vegetation. These techniques reduce the amount of stormwater entering the river by decreasing the impervious or hard surface areas. They also improve water quality by redirecting stormwater to treatment areas.

“Partnering on water quality projects such as this are a high priority for us,” Chairman Wayne Dukes said. “We are making strong effort to protect our lakes, rivers and springs from pollution.”

The total cost of the project is $525,000 and will be split evenly between Hernando County and the District. Rogers Park is located at 7244 Shoal Line Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34607.

The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department apologizes for the inconvenience of this park closure. We ask for your patience during construction and look forward to the park reopening.

Visit www.WaterMatters.org/RogersPark for more information about this project.