Garden Island

Garden Island Copyright © 2014 Will Chen.

Garden Island
Copyright © 2014 Will Chen.

A photo of Garden Island, an uninhabited island in the Gulf of Mexico, just off the coast of Wall Springs Park.  Wall Springs Park is one of the hidden treasures of Palm Harbor, Florida, in Northern Pinellas County.  The extensive nature trails of Wall Springs Park lead to this boardwalk, which I got this majestic shot of Garden Island.  Wall Springs Park also has a covered playground for kids and direct access to the Pinellas Trail, which is popular for cyclists and runners.  I took this photo in 2003 while exploring the park with my son.

The property in and around “Wall Springs” was purchased by Charles F. Wall on February 28, 1884 and remained in his family until May 17, 1927 when the property was sold to Harry W. Davis.

The spring became known as “Wall Springs” during ownership by the Wall family. Once the property was sold to the Davis family the spring became known as “Health Springs” and was used as a health spa. When the property was purchased by the Cullen Family on February 6, 1948 the spring name changed back to “Wall Springs” and the area was used as a recreational area until the mid – 1960’s.

The spring and adjoining pond were used as a spa & bathing area from the turn of the 20th century until the mid 1960’s.

Pinellas County began acquiring the Wall Springs property in 1988, with the initial purchase of approximately 63 acres which included the spring and surrounding area.

Pinellas County has continued to acquire additional property since their initial purchase with the most recent acquisitions having been made in December 2008 and April, 2009. Wall Springs is now approximately 210 acres in total size.