The Annual Orlando Wetlands Park
Festival is on February 19, 2011. Visit
the festival webpage for more information.
Important change: The
park is closed November 15 through January 31.
The Wetlands Park is great to place to come out,
relax and enjoy nature. The most popular activities are
bird-watching, nature photography, jogging and bicycling. Nature
enthusiasts will be greeted by 1,650 acres of hardwood hammocks,
marshes and lakes. There are over 20 miles of roads and woodland
trails crisscrossing the Park.
Dogs are not permitted at the Orlando Wetlands
In the mid 1980’s the City of Orlando’s Iron
Bridge Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant needed more effluent
capacity than what was allowed in the Little Econlockhatchee River.
In 1986 the City of Orlando purchased 1,650 acres for $5,128,000. In
July of 1987 the 1,220 acres wetland treatment system was completed
and reclaimed water from Iron Bridge Plant began to flow. The system
was designed to polish up to 35 million gallons a day of reclaimed
wastewater. The water is conveyed through a four-foot diameter
pipeline approximately 17 miles.
Seventeen cells and three different communities
were designed to remove excess nutrients from the water. Over 2
million aquatic plants and 200,000 trees were planted to create deep
marsh, mixed marsh and hardwood swamp habitats.
The water flows into the influent structure and is
then divided into three flow pathways. The water first flows into
the deep marsh. The deep marsh cells are primarily monocultures of
cattails or giant bulrush. From there, the water flows into the