For the past year, Monroe County has been improving the property at the west end of Big Pine Key, formerly known as the Big Pine Key Swimming Hole, with funding from the Tourist Development Council and the Florida Department of Transportation. The park will now go by the name of Pine Channel Nature Park. The area will provide a scenic viewing area and other amenities for the use of Monroe County residents and visitors. The Board of County Commissioners, taking in public suggestions collected during the past few weeks and the recommendations of the Monroe County Parks and Beaches Advisory Board, decided on the name at Wednesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.
The Pine Channel Nature Park is nearing completion of construction, with the plan to open this summer. The park 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.