Dudley Farms to Close
Â Â Â The state needs to cut 10 percent from its parks budget, which means 19 parks will be closing.Â But many people in our region say Dudley Farms doesn't deserve to be one of those parks...
Â Â Â Â Those trying to save Dudley Farms say it needs to stay, not just because it's on the national register of historic places, but also because it's an educational farm where local schools have been going for years.
Â Â Â Â Members of the group, the Friends of Dudley, collected one thousand signatures from citizens in an effort to keep the park open.Â And they say they will keep collecting more until the park is saved.
Â Â Â Â Â "It's such a wonderful education opportunity for children and for adults.Â I'm a retired teacher and I took my school group there and they had a wonderful time.Â They learned all about Florida history," Vada Horner, member of "Friends of Dudley Farms," said.
Â Â Â Â Â Horner says the group has also been thinking of ways to change the park to make it more appealing to visitors.Â OneÂ idea was to invite more school groups and have more special activities.
Â Â Â Â Members say they're hoping that if they can increase revenue and attendance, the park won't have to close.
Â Â Â Â Dudley farms has been owned and operated by the Dudley family for three generations. The park has a farm and eighteen buildings, which include a post office and a general store... all from the 1800s.Â
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