Chain of Lakes Recreation Complex Is Titusville's Newest Park

Thanks to an unprecedented partnership between the Brevard County government and several community organizations,

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 08:22

Thanks to an unprecedented partnership between the Brevard County government and several community organizations‚ Brevard County residents can now enjoy 350 new acres of parkland. Opened to the public in November 2006‚ the Chain of Lakes Recreation Complex in Titusville encompasses land owned by Brevard County‚ Brevard Community College‚ Parrish Medical Center and the St. Johns River Water Management District. The park is formed around stormwater lakes that are designed to keep sediment from draining into nearby Indian River Lagoon. Terry Lane‚ operations manager for the north area of the Brevard County park system‚ credits Commissioner Truman Scarborough with bringing the project to fruition. “He had the vision to bring all the different entities together‚” Lane says. Visitors to the park can enjoy a 3-mile pedway‚ softball and soccer fields‚ and a 57-foot observation tower. More amenities are under construction‚ with plans for another lake‚ playgrounds‚ lighted tennis courts and a canoe/kayak launch.

Lane says the county also intends to connect the pedway to the local greenway system and nearby Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. “We did a so-called soft opening because it’s still a construction facility‚ but we wanted the public to be able to use it … it’s an ever-changing and expanding project‚” Lane says. Meanwhile‚ the park is buzzing with activity. Youth and adult leagues use the soccer and softball fields almost daily. Chain of Lakes is also a prime spot for walking‚ picnics and birding. Upcoming organized events include the Cross Country Invitational and the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. As for Lane‚ his favorite activity is to climb the tower and enjoy the view. “I like being able to be above everything‚” he says‚ “57 feet in the air‚ and viewing the nature and the lagoon and everything that’s happening.”