OneWorld Properties is proud to continue to help bring back for future generations one of Fort Lauderdale’s natural treasures—Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.
OneWorld President and CEO Peggy Fucci has served as a Friends of Birch State Park board member for the past two years. She was quoted this month in Fort Lauderdale Magazine in a story about the state park located at 109 E. Sunrise Blvd. off A1A between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean:
“I continue saying and I’m going to say it until I can’t say it anymore that in this environment, walkability is the number one amenity,” she says. “If you have this island oasis in the middle of the town that you can walk to … or even if you can take your bike there, it’s enormous.
“People want to preserve what Fort Lauderdale really is,” Fucci says. “A lot of people don’t get it.”
It’s what Fort Lauderdale was like in 1943 when Birch donated to the state the 180 acres along with his five-bedroom house, Terramar.
As the exclusive sales agent for PARAMOUNT Fort Lauderdale Beach and 100 Las Olas, OneWorld gives $100 to the Friends of Birch State Park for every unit sold.
The contributions to the park are making it more accessible:
• Long Lake: The first phase of habitat restoration of this one-mile coastal dune freshwater lake used for boating is complete. That involved the clean-out of non-indigenous plants. The second phase to complete the removal of existing and emergent invasive plant species in Long Lake is under way, but more money is needed.
• Main Loop Road: The 2-mile road will close Monday for widening and resurfacing, including the addition of a pedestrian/bicycle lane. The road is expected to re-open in mid-October.
• Sea Wall: Reconstruction of the 1.2-mile sea wall on the Intracoastal Waterway—the longest in South Florida—is under way.
• Boat Dock: A 230-foot floating boat dock is being installed.
• Park & Ocean: The new beachside restaurant and bar open for lunch and dinner offers a craft beer selection and live weekend music. Park & Ocean is located next to Terramar, which reopened in 2016 and also houses a rangers’ office and welcome center.
• Playground: A new playground that is limitless, meaning accessible to all, is open next to the Manatee Pavilion in the North Picnic Area.
• Meditation Garden: The garden is being planted with indigenous trees and plantings in the northwest corner of the park overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and will feature stone benches and a labyrinth.
Upcoming fundraisers include A Garden Party Oct. 25, Light Up Birch Dec. 7, An Evening by the Sea Jan. 19, 2018, and Birdies for Birch April 26, 2018.
To learn more, see birchstatepark.org.