A wide variety of seeds that were left behind grew into trees, shrubs, and plants, bringing the land back to a more natural state. However, some invasive species of trees, shrubs, and plants grew in along with the natives. So, in an effort to ensure that these ecosystems thrive for years to come, conservation projects are being implemented to restore native vegetation, provide nesting areas, and improve shoreline conditions around the wetlands for wading bird species. The end goal is to improve the biodiversity of the preserve and provide a sanctuary for the wildlife that call Holloway Park home. Holloway Park was opened with two main uses in mind: to accommodate cross-country trail races, and for nature enthusiasts to have a place to come experience Floridaâ€™s unique natural resources. With its elevation changes and the natural canopy of trees that conceal the trails, this park provides cross-country runners with unique opportunities that arenâ€™t easy to come by in Florida. Within the crosscountry trail system are four trails: a 3km, 5km, 8km, and 10km. All trails have a 300-foot-wide starting line that continues slightly uphill for 1,700 feet until you reach the 15-foot-wide mowed trails that wind throughout the park. Pair that with the five-acre Tent City for vendors to set up on and the ability to accommodate 1,200-1,500 vehicles, and you have the ideal place to host a large race. And, if you have a friend or family member that you want to cheer on, you can do so from the elevated, shaded view of Spectator Ridge. Interested in running a race? Check the website for event listings: hollowaypark.org/calendar. Not looking to get competitive? Come enjoy an early morning or evening run on any of the trails. These are perfect times to possibly catch a glimpse of some of the wildlife that call Holloway Park home.
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With its elevation changes and the natural canopy of trees that conceal the trails, this park provides cross-country runners with unique opportunities that arenâ€™t easy to come by in Florida.
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