Bringing Glen Springs Back To Life
It's an iconic natural and cultural landmark in North Central Florida.
However, Glen Springs, a Gainesville swimming hole, hasn't seen any swimmers for decades.
Regina Goldenberg of NW Gainesville says she sure hopes something changes at the springs.
"People in the community will use it," she said.
The Glen Springs pool is now the equivalent of a giant neglected fish tank on the Elks Lodge property.
The spring-fed pool was once the go-to community swimming hole.
Now, one group is asking the city to help bring it back to life.
Director of the non-profit Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, Robert Knight, is calling on city leaders to support a plan to restore the springs.
"It's small enough, that we ought to be able to deal with it, and if we can't restore a springs as small as Glen Springs, how will we restore a spring like Silver Springs, or Wakulla Springs, or Rainbow Springs?" he said.
It's not going to be cheap to revive.
Knight says it'll be hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Glen Springs is located within commissioner Todd Chase's district.
He says he's fascinated by the property and supports private efforts to revive the springs.
He says he would need to learn more about the property before making a statement on whether or not he supports the city's involvement in the restoration project.
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