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Shorty Robbins
Parks and Recreation Manager
100 E. 1st Street
Sanford, FL  32771

Responsible for Sylvan Lake Park, Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, Seminole County Softball Complex and Soldiers Creek Park

Rick Durr
Greenways and Natural Lands
100 E. 1st Street
Sanford, FL  32771

Responsible for all Natural Lands, Streetscapes, Trails, Boat Ramps and Passive Parks


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Parks and Preservation

Big Tree Park

                       Recreational Opportunities
              Pavilion  boardwalk  Trail  picnic  camera  hiking

This park is located on the beautifully shaded General Hutchinson Parkway between U.S. 17-92 and State Road 427 north of Longwood and serves as a Trailhead for the Cross Seminole Trail.  The park is a step back in time.  Walk through a natural hydric hammock swamp as you make your way on the boardwalk to the former sight of "The Senator" an approximately 3,500 year old Bald Cypress Tree that was lost to fire in January of 2012.  Proceed further to see the Senator's sister tree, "Lady Liberty", an approximately 2,000 year old Bald Cypress Tree. This property was donated to Seminole County by Senator M.O. Overstreet and dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge in 1929.  

                                                                                         The Senator

On March 2, Big Tree Park was re-opened to the public after being closed for almost a year after the fire that destroyed "The Senator."  A memorial was developed and includes interpretive signage along the newly renovated boardwalk, a playground piece that mimics a bald cypress tree stump and a clone of "The Senator" that was planted near the playground.  The name for the clone is "The Phoenix."

The Phoenix
The Phoenix
Bookertown Pavilion The Senator Today


More Information:  Big Tree Brochure

Hours of Operation and Contact Information

Daily 8:00 AM to Dusk
Greenways and Natural Lands Division
100 E. 1st Street
Sanford, Fl 32771

Phone: 407-665-2001
Fax: 407-665-2179