NORTH PORT — City Recreation & Parks had to close Warm Mineral Springs Park on Friday morning because of an alligator.
Staff spotted an alligator in the springs prior to opening Friday. They contacted the Department of Environmental Protection to send a trapper. He was able to get the alligator out, and it reopened around noon.
With a consistent average temperature of 85 degrees year-round, Warm Mineral Springs Park provides visitors with a number of therapeutic and passive recreation options.
City officials had to close the park in July due to damage from Tropical Storm Elsa, and its reopening was postponed due to an alligator there.
In June, city commissioners approved $9 million for the initial construction phase of the Warm Mineral Springs Park Master Plan, which includes the historic restoration of the buildings and improvements to utility infrastructure and the parking lot. The project could cost $25 million to complete.
The facility has been a money-maker for the city, bringing in 17,000 visitors in just April and nearly $1.8 million yearly from ticket and gift-shop sales. For information about the park, please call 941-426-1692 or check the city of North Port’s Warm Mineral Springs Park webpage.