Frederica Park & ARBT
Frederica Park & Alice Richards Botanical Trail
In late 2008, the Sea Island Company donated 20 acres to the St. Simons Land Trust, two miles north of the Lawrence Road roundabout. In partnership with the Land Trust, Sea Island Company oversaw the planning, design, construction and initial maintenance of what is now Frederica Park.
The development of the park was made possible by a generous donation of $1 million from the estate of Alice Richards, who was a part-time resident of Sea Island. The Alice Richards Botanical Trail, located in Frederica Park, features native plants, a wooded trail and a labyrinth. When Frederica Park opened in November 2009, it was the first new park on St. Simons Island in 50 years. Today, Glynn County manages Frederica Park and community members from all walks of life are able to enjoy it.
A four-acre playfield complex surrounded by viewing berms is available for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, rugby, and other field sports. Organized games are scheduled through the Glynn County Parks and Recreation Department. At all other times, locals and visitors can throw Frisbees, fly kites, or play their own informal field games.
Much of the park is devoted to the Alice Richards Botanical Trail, where native plant species have been re-introduced to land that was used for timber farming for many years. The trail features 13 interactive signs that highlight the plant life and species visible as one meanders through the woods. The trail features a gazebo, children's area of faerie houses for imaginary play and a labyrinth in the woods for a quiet and contemplative respite.
Adjacent to the playfield are two picnic shelters, rest rooms, benches, children's playground, dog park and hard surface jogging/running trail around the playfield. There is paved parking for up to 75 cars.
Park Operations and Maintenance
Frederica Park and the Alice Richards Botanical Trail are maintained by Glynn County. All maintenance and grounds concerns should be directed to the Glynn County Parks and Recreation Department.