Escribano Point Photo credit: Kevin L. McDonald/ Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

At The Trust for Public Land, we create parks and protect land for people – for you – ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.

We believe all people need and deserve access to nature. We believe our work should span cities to wilderness. We believe that when we engage community, we create community. And we believe equity means everyone.

This is how we’re working in Florida to make this vision a reality:

  • Providing public access to Florida’s vast coastline. Residents and visitors alike are drawn to Florida’s 1,350 miles of coastline, as well as its many bays, bayous and lakes. Water is key to life in Florida, and we have been working statewide since 1974 to protect our waters and provide access to our beaches and waterways for everyone.
  • Conserving land and building community by creating new parks close to home. As Florida’s growth continues at an astounding rate new accessible parks are needed where people live. We have completed over 400 conservation projects from urban parks, fitness zones and rail trails to working forests and wildlife areas.
  • Adapting to Climate Change. Florida is ground zero for the effect of rising sea levels and parks are essential in responding to these impacts. We are creating resilient parks that filter stormwater, absorb storm surge, and provide a place for people to access the coastlines rather than placing people and property in harm’s way. 

Local offices

306 North Monroe Street| | Tallahassee, Florida  32301
Phone: (850) 222-7911 | Email Address: [email protected]

Florida projects

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

American Beach, Florida

In 2004, TPL purchased the historic Evans' Rendezvous nightclub at American Beach on Amelia Island and held it until Nassau County could acquire funds to protect it as a cultural center and historic park.

Broward House, Jacksonville, Florida. Photo: April Curtain

In 2004, TPL conveyed the historic Broward House to the National Park System as an addition to the Timucuan Trail State and National Parks, where it will serve as a gateway to historic Fort George Island and the parks.

Captain Leonard Destin Park

During peak tourist season, the City of Destin’s population can double as visitors flock to the white-sand beaches and busy resorts. There’s not many quiet spots for locals to relax away from the hustle and bustle. That’s why we teamed up with the City and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to build Captain Leonard Destin Park, a 3.4 acre park in a year-round residential neighborhood inhabited by the folks who hold the jobs that keep this town running.

Caribbean Gardens, Florida

We helped protect this historic zoo and botanical gardens in Naples, Florida. In addition to the 50 acres housing the zoo and gardens, the county protected 80 acres that will eventually be used as a "Central Park" for fast-growing Naples.

Overtown Playground, Florida. Photo: Michael Wray

TPL works to conserve land to create new parks in areas that are park deficient, expand established parks, and obtain private in-holdings in existing parks to make them whole.


This 0.72-mile-long corridor, located north of Lake Highland and known as The Dinky Line, runs between the city’s downtown urban core and Loch Haven Park—home to art museums, performing arts theaters and a science center.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Over the years, The Trust for Public Land has added 48,000 acres to Everglades National Park, permanently safeguarding critical habitat area from development.


Once an economic lifeline transporting goods and resources by rail, including even the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which wintered in southern Florida, the Sarasota Legacy Trail will now be extended north another 9 miles to Payne Park in downtown Sarasota.

Fort Brooke Park, Florida

The Trust for Public Land purchased this park land for downtown Tampa in 1999, the first site acquired as part of the city's plan to integrate its waterfront parks into a connected system.

Fort Mose, Florida. Photo: Mark Grandin

In 2004, TPL worked with the Fort Mose Historical Society, St. Johns County, and the City of St. Augustine to acquire an eight-acre addition to Ft. Mose Historic State Park


In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. For an entire summer, the oil well continued to spill—an environmental disaster many called the worst in the nation’s history. As part of the penalty for its role in the disaster, BP paid nearly $17 billion to fund restoration and land protection throughout the Gulf region. The Trust for Public Land partnered with Florida Department of Environmental Protection to use some of this funding to create Innerarity Point Park, a special place for people to connect with nature—and each other—and help the community rebuild.

This is the first of five new parks intended to compensate communities for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s economic and environmental effects.

Keewaydin Island, FL

Keewaydin Island is one of southwest Florida's largest unbridged barrier islands, popular for its pristine beaches and excellent fishing.

Key West Custom House, Florida

Using funds from the Florida's Conservation and Recreation Lands (CARL) program, TPL saved this historic landmark from development as a private yacht club.

Lake Eola Park, Florida

The Trust for Public Land is helping the city of Orlando expand the city's well-loved Lake Enola Park.

Broward House, Jacksonville, Florida. Photo: April Curtain

From iconic theme parks to historic homes of Florida's founding fathers, TPL works with communities to protect these extraordinary places.

McKee Botanical Garden, Florida

The Trust for Public Land purchased the remaining 18 acres of this former tropical roadside attraction in a cooperative project with Indian River Land Trust.

Local residents try out the new Fitness Zone equpment at Leisure Lake Park, Miami Dade

The Trust for Public Land is partnering with the Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department to build new Fitness Zone® installations in West Perrine Park, Oak Grove Park, Leisure Lakes Park, and Martin Luther King Park.

Miami River Greenway

The Miami Greenway's 5.5 miles of parks, playgrounds and pathways, once complete, will be perfect for strolling, cycling, or taking in the rhythm of the river.

Overtown Playground, Florida. Photo: Michael Wray

In 2002, TPL purchased two vacant lots adjacent to a YWCA for the first new community designed playground, which the YWCA will maintain and operate under lease from Miami-Dade County.

Fitness Zone installation

The Trust for Public Land is working with local nonprofits and government agencies to create parks that will transform urban Miami into a green, livable, and healthy city.

Pinellas Trail, FL

In 2005, TPL purchased a two-mile corridor from CSX Transportation, Inc. that brought the Pinellas Trail into downtown St. Petersburg, creating a safe, convenient route for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel in and out of downtown.

Salinas Park

In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico opening a hole on the seafloor that gushed an estimated 4.9 million barrels of crude over 87 days. It is considered the largest maritime oil spill and environmental disaster in the United States. For its role in the disaster, BP paid a nearly $18.5 billion penalty. The Trust for Public Land partnered with Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to invest over $2 million of these funds to expand and improve Salinas Park in Gulf County, Florida.

Snake Warrior Island, FL

In 1991 archeological excavations unearthed artifacts establishing Snake Warrior's Island as the site of the home of Chief Chitto Tustenugee, or "Snake Warrior," and his tribe, who inhabited the area in the early 1800s

St. Mary's Shoals, Florida. Photo: Russell Grace

Residents of Florida's Baker County have long wanted improved access to the St. Mary's, one of Florida's cleanest rivers. So when a 1,600-acre riverfront property came on the market and was eyed by developers, Baker County asked TPL to help secure the land for a public park.

Stallworth Lake, Florida. Photo: Glenda Woods

In 2003, TPL helped protect nearly 3 acres of beachfront as an addition to the Stallworth Lake Preserve, a popular destination on the beaches of South Walton County. This property also serves as a buffer for the fragile coastal dune lake ecosystem.

Sugarloaf Key, Florida.

Located on Sugarloaf Key, the Sammy family's 2-acre property was home for decades to a small fishing camp and marina, and later, a filming location for the movie Miami Vice.

Thomas Creek, FL

The Battle of Thomas Creek, the southernmost battle of the Revolutionary War, took place here in what is now Jacksonville, Florida.

Miami River Greenway, Florida. Photo: Michael Wray

In Florida and across the country, TPL works together with CSX Railroad to turn abandoned rail beds into trails for walking, biking, skate boarding, and other outdoor activities.

Sugarloaf Key, Florida.

Florida boasts over 1,350 miles of coastline and protecting these shorelines is of the highest priority to The Trust for Public Land in Florida, and in fact, over 90% of our conservation work to date has been along our shores.

Weaver Park, Florida

Owned and managed by the City of Dunedin, Weaver Park opened to the public in 2011. TPL helped save this property, which features more than 12 acres of undeveloped coastal vista—some of the last in Dunedin—and serves one of the country's most densely populated counties.

West Perrine Park Fitness Zone, Florida

The Trust for Public Land has been working to bring Fitness Zone® installations to parks across the nation and established the first one in Miami-Dade County in July 2012.

Wolfe Creek Forest

Longleaf pine forests once dominated the southern United States forest habitat stretching from Texas to Florida to Virginia. Today they occupy only about 5% of its historical range. Maintained by regular fire, they are one of the most threatened and ecologically diverse ecosystems in the world, with 900 species found nowhere else on Earth and 30 federally threatened/endangered species.