The Silver Springs in Florida are to undergo a major restoration to bring the once major tourist destination back to its original glory.
Over the years the crystal clear waters at the springs have declined both in volume and quality, but Florida’s park service has now announced it will begin working to restore the nature theme park. Before attractions such as Disney World existed, the Silver Springs attracted more than one million people seeking holidays in Florida every year. In the past the springs have even been used as the backdrop to countless movies and television shows such as Sea Hunt, Tarzan and Creature from the Black Lagoon. However,drought and excessive groundwater pumping have turned the once thriving tourist attraction into an ailing nature reserve. "It was not an amusement park in the sense of Coney Island and the rides that one might associate with it," said Guy Marwick, founder of the Silver River Museum, speaking on the site’s past. "It was kind of the natural Florida, and I think that's what people are hoping to see it go back to now." The Silver Springs is famous for its crystal clear waters, and attractions at the park that once drew millions of tourists to the area include the glass bottom boat ride, scenic walkways and its wildlife. The springs still remains one of the best places to see turtles, fish and alligators in Florida, due to the good visibility under water. Florida’s park service has now stated that it will introduce better regulations to help restore the springs back to its natural beauty. “It certainly is a challenge," said Drew Bartlett of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection. “That’s not an excuse not to get started." Image sources: 123