MERRITT ISLAND, Florida – Disney Cruise Line VoluntEARS, from the Disney Fantasy cruise ship which was in Port Canaveral for the day, lent a hand to help construct a boardwalk pathway leading to a new park pavilion at the Pine Island Conservation Area located in Merritt Island.
The new pavilion will be available for schools and community groups for educational purposes. It will provide shade and mosquito protection for park guests, allowing the conservation area to serve as a place for education year around, even in Florida’s hottest months. The ADA accessible pathway will ensure that all guests have access to the pavilion and park experiences.
Each year, Disney Cruise Line cast and crew members donate thousands of hours of their personal time to benefit worthwhile causes in Brevard County and port communities around the world.
The Pine Island Conservation Area provides 1000 acres where guests can access two trails at the trailhead 0.5 mile from main entrance. These moderate walks lead through pine flatwoods and hydric hammock habitats. Hikers will also see cabbage palm hammocks and hardwood hammocks, with mangrove forests and marshes fringing the Indian River Lagoon. In addition to hiking, the interior marsh ponds and borrow lakes make great spots for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Two canoe trails invite a relaxing way for visitors to observe area wildlife. Cycling and horseback riding are permitted on the established roads and bike trails only.