Maritime Hammock Preserve
Subfacility of Cocoa Beach Parks and Recreation Facilities
A Collaborative Project
The Cocoa Beach Maritime Hammock Preserve was purchased by the city for conservation and stormwater management in 2003 in partnership with the State’s Florida Communities Trust program; this grant provided 40% of the $1.52 million purchase price. A 1-acre stormwater pond has been constructed as a natural park amenity, and provides storm runoff treatment for 128-acres of commercial and multi-residential areas. The stormwater pond was almost entirely funded by grants: $584,000 from FL Department of Environmental Protection and EPA, $177,000 from St. Johns River Water Management District and $149,900 from FL Department of Transportation.
There is a Management Plan, approved by the city and adopted by the State of Florida, that insures that the land will remain conservation and passive recreation in perpetuity. The city’s Land Management Committee has been developing the Master Site Report and Master Site Plan that is consistent with the Management Plan. Conservation efforts include native plant community restoration, invasive plant eradication and passive recreation, such as nature trails, a future observation deck, picnic areas and a future fitness trail. The City applied for a recreation grant in 2015 and if awarded, the remaining park amenities will be constructed in 2016.
Park activities (will) include but are not limited to strolling, frisbee, dog-walking (pet waste station onsite), picnicking, yoga/exercise, photography, plant identification and bird watching. Please no fishing in pond or biking on trails – please take all trash home or use park receptacles. Please be aware of and respect the park’s neighboring residential homes.