British Car Clubs of North Florida
Spring Drive & Picnic
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Ravine Gardens State Park
1600 Twig Street., Palatka, FL 32177
11am to 3.30pm
Entry into the Park is $5 payable at the Park Entry.
Cost to Join us at the Picnic - FREE
This Event is for British Car Owners Only.
If your Classic Car is off the Road for Maintenance
Bring Your Daily Driver
Postponed Due to COVID-19 Emergency
Ravine Gardens State Park is one of the nine New Deal-era state parks in Florida. The park has two ravines up to 120 feet deep with steep banks at 45 degree angles.
Unlike common gullies, trenches or sinkholes caused by temporary flooding, the Steephead ravines are a permanent feature with a spring-fed creek that never dries up, called Whitewater Branch. The underground water bubbling up cuts into the bank and carries the sand and soil downstream to the St. Johns River. Over thousands of years the ravines have widened and deepened to what you see today. In 1933, the ravines were transformed into a dramatic garden by the federal Works Progress Administration. Some of the original landscaping still exists as formal gardens and a unique system of trails.
A 1.8-mile paved road winds around the ravines, offering visitors dramatic views. Numerous picnic sites, equipped with tables and grills, are available to visitors. The Roy E. Campbell Civic Center complex features a large covered pavilion. We have rented the Pavilion for exclusive use by our British Car Enthusiasts. The Pavilion has ample covered Picnic tables and seats to accommodate 100 seated guests that will amply serve our requirements. Clean Restrooms are situated just a few yards from the Pavilion.
The garden's peak flowering period is azalea season, January to March. The hundreds of remaining azaleas have a "rolling bloom" and top out with about 50 - 60% of the plants blooming simultaneously. A survey was recently conducted and eighteen different types of azaleas were documented. The season is variable based on weather conditions.
This Event is a Drive & Picnic, you are expected to bring your own Picnic Items. No Alcohol please, consumption of Alcoholic beverage is against State Park rules.
We have arranged a number of meeting points for those who wish to caravan to the Park. You may select your most convenient meeting point from the choices listed on the Registration Form. We will Inform you of your Caravan Start Time a few days before the Event.
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