The Big Pine Key Swimming Hole and Nature Center at the Lower Keys Scenic Viewing Area, an extension of the Overseas Heritage Trail, is under construction with an estimated completion date in summer 2022. The area will have 17 parking spaces, bike racks, restrooms, a kayak and canoe hand-launch area, 9,500 square feet of boardwalk, tiki huts, picnic areas with tables, benches, and barbeque grills, and an 11-foot raised viewing deck. The park will be fully ADA accessible.
For safety measures, the park's exit will be a right turn only for safety when leaving the park.
This project would not have come together without an immense amount of coordination with Monroe County's partners at FDOT. The project is fully funded through infrastructure sales tax, the Tourist Development Council, and the Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT).
"I am beyond excited about the transformation this property has undergone to become a new community park right in my District," said Monroe County Mayor Michelle Coldiron. "On top of being a new outdoor meeting place for our residents and visitors, it provides direct access to our waterways and will be a destination for outdoor enthusiasts."