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Bonita springs dog park
Bonita Springs, or as it is more commonly referred to, Bonita Springs Park and Zoo, is the first of four municipal parks which are part of the Bonita Springs Park &, Zoo District. Located in Bonita Springs, Florida on a . of land.
The Bonita Springs area of South Florida began as a community of Native Americans along the Hillsboro Causeway that was settled by European explorers. In the 1930s, the development of the community began to flourish when large land owners began developing and promoting Bonita Springs.
The first community, Bonita Springs, was developed in the 1930s by Thomas W. Lambeth, the founder of Lambeth, Inc., the largest shopping center chain in the Florida. In 1939, the post office was renamed Bonita Springs. The post office was discontinued in 1965 when the town became incorporated.
When the land was acquired, the first thing to come through the process was the construction of a public swimming pool. In 1941, a city owned and operated public swimming pool was constructed. In 1945, the pool was named the Dania Civic Center. In 1947, the pool was named the Bonita Springs Civic Center. In 1948, the city purchased a second site for a municipal park which was purchased to create a second park and named it the Westpark Municipal Park.
The park also features an antique carousel, which is the only antique carousel in Southwest Florida. As Bonita Springs moved into its heyday as a resort area, the park was developed into a destination resort.
In 1986, the name of the community was changed to Bonita Springs. The park was developed into a regional destination resort that included the Bonita Springs Zoological Garden, which has been the major draw for visitors to the community since it opened.
In 1994, a new addition was opened by the park. The addition includes a children's play area, a petting zoo, a picnic area, and the first Bonita Springs Waterfront Park. The new park features a large lagoon, which has a large boat ramp.
In 1999, a new parking lot, a boat ramp, and a new main road through the area was built and the area was renamed the Bonita Beach Shores. The city sold the site of the old city hall to the Florida Department of Transportation for $1 in 2001 to provide funding for the widening of Route 75. In 2007, the city sold the site of the City Hall for $3.5 million to help build the Bonita Beach Shores Waterfront, which opened the same year.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , of which is land and (6.02%) is water.
Bonita Beach is home to the Bonita Springs/Southwest Florida International Airport, an international airport located southeast of the town.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,965 people, 3,058 households, and 1,912 families residing in the city. The population density was 589.2 people per square mile (227.8/km²). There were 3,397 housing units at an average density of 287.9 per square mile (110.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.69% White, 0.79% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.88% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.33% of the population.
There were 3,058 households out of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the city, the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,061, and the median income for a family was $40,102. Males had a median income of $37,125 versus $24,831 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,543. About 9.1% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.2% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture
The city is home to the following museums:
The D.G. Yuengling Brewery, opened in 1829, is the oldest continually operating brewery in the United States. It is open to visitors year-round. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in July 2005 in the old city jail. It is the first national center to celebrate and honor the Underground Railroad, the place where slaves ran from slavery to freedom and is home to America's largest African American cemetery. The National African American Museum &, Culture Center opened in May 2006 in the city's public library. The National Civil War Museum is home to the National Cemetery of Union Soldiers. In 2014, the museum re-opened after a lengthy renovation. The museum reopened at the end of May 2014, and includes a number of changes and enhancements, including new interactive exhibits about the men and women of the National Cemetery of Union Soldiers and the role of the soldiers' comrades in the Union cause. The National Museum of the American Indian is a museum and cultural center dedicated to the study and interpretation of Native American cultures. It is located in the former National Guard Armory building. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center - Greater Philadelphia was dedicated in 2005. The center is home to a large research library as well as the offices of the National Park Service and National Park Service's National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Dancing with the Stars was filmed at the Philadelphia Athletic Club, which was renamed in 2003 for the show.
The City of Philadelphia offers a museum pass called Discover Philly, with admission to the above museums and three others in South Philadelphia and Center City.
African American Arts Festival (Penn's Landing)
List of historic houses and mansions in Philadelphia
Philly History Online: The City of Brotherly Love's First 500 Years - An illustrated history of Philadelphia, by Robert A. Caro. From the website of the Historic Philadelphia Trust.
American Philatelic Society's Centennial History of Philadelphia