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Boardwalk dedicated to late commissioner

Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Christian
Staff Writer
A new boardwalk honoring a late county commissioner was dedicated at an Osceola County park on Friday.
Cherokee Point Conservation Area opened in August 2015 as a 183-acre protected swatch of land on the eastern banks of Lake Tohopekaliga.
The new boardwalk, which opened in the fall, was dedicated to late county commissioner

Osceola County commissioners and the family of former commissioner Frank Attkisson were at Cherokee Point Conservation Area to dedicate a new boardwalk in his name.

Frank Attkisson on Feb. 2.
The former Kissimmee mayor was killed last year after he was struck by a motorist while riding his bicycle.
The water off Goblet’s Cove, on the eastern side of the boardwalk, was a frequent destination of the commissioner.
“It is proper and most fitting that this boardwalk, this corridor into that world, is dedicated to one of its strongest advocates and beneficiaries,” said Osceola County Public Information Officer Andrew Sullivan.
Cherokee Point also gives visitors the opportunity to view rare wildlife like bald eagles, white pelicans and one of North America’s most endangered species, the whooping crane.
Cheryl Grieb, who replaced Attkisson on the County Commission prior to his death, recommended that part of Cherokee Point be dedicated in his honor during an April 10 meeting, four days after Attkisson’s death.
Phase II upgrades were made at a cost of $202, 221. The cost includes ongoing renovations and the removal of harmful, non-native vegetation in the wetlands surrounding the boardwalk. The dedicated trail and boardwalk measure about 2,000 feet in length.
Phase II also saw the construction of a canoe and kayak launch point. The launch point will allow boaters to traverse the lake and Goblet’s Cove, or even paddle across to Twin Oaks, another county-owned parkland.
The county purchased the land for Cherokee Point through the Osceola County Environmental Lands Program in 2014.
Phase I saw the construction of a large covered pavilion, restrooms, a playground, horseshoe pit, grill and a fishing pond.