You may be curious about the clearing that is happening at the southwest end of Donald Ross Road Bridge in Jupiter. The 17-acre Palm Beach County maintained park is currently being cleared of predominately of Australian pines. Excavation of Waterway Park includes over 30,000 cubic yards of waste material brought up during the course of an excavation or a dredging. The Jupiter High School Environmental Academy, the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, and others have planted over 35,000 red mangrove seedlings.
The red mangrove plantings will create over 11 acres of new mangroves, wetlands and “the creation of 1 acre of maritime hammocks at the southern terminus of the park's peninsula”.
The total expenditures for the project exceed $500,000. Resources came from the County's Roadway Production Division in order to counterbalance environmental destruction from the construction of the Donald Ross Road Bridge.
Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation has a mission statement. The mission of PBC Parks is to make the quality of life for “residents and visitors better by providing diverse, safe and affordable recreation services, welcoming parks, and enriching social and cultural experiences”. Waterway Park is located in a Palm Beach County sustained park and it is intended to remain relatively inactive, as a natural area, causing a better-quality area for the environment, wildlife and indigenous fisheries.