The Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Florida) named the Wellington Environmental Preserve at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades as the winner of the 10th Annual Great Places in Florida People’s Choice Award.
This accolade recognizes exceptional places in Florida that embody a true sense of community, cultural and historical significance, forward-thinking vision and community involvement. The award’s theme for this year, Great Resilient Places, honors locations with resilient planning elements.
APA Florida President Whit Blanton said, “As Florida continues to grow at a rapid pace, we need more communities like the Village of Wellington to think ahead and be innovative when protecting one of our state’s greatest assets, The Everglades, while providing a space of health and recreation for its residents. Named after the staunch Everglades defender, it is fitting that such a remarkable place earned this award.”
This 365-acre water impoundment area features nature trails, pathways, and wetland/upland areas created through a partnership between the South Florida Water Management District and the Village of Wellington. It serves as a critical rainwater filtration and cleansing system before it flows into the Everglades.