|In mid summer of 1988 the concept of starting a
CSO at Wekiwa Springs State Park was presented to the current Park
Manager, Paul Paris. On July 14th.1989, The Citizens For Wekiwa Springs State Park was
founded. Dave Sukkert was the first president, with Jack Leamon as the Vice President.
In 1992, The CSO received the Take Pride In Florida award. Later that year, the CSO won
the Take Pride in America award. Dave Sukkert, current President, went to Washington D.C.
to receive the award behalf of the organization. The award was presented by Linda Evans.
In total there were 46 winners nation wide that received the 4ward, out of 2,500 different
Early April of 1995 the CS0 began remodeling the old concession stand area, in order to
create the park's first visitor center. After two very hard months of working 7 days a
week, the doors opened on May 25, 1995, Memorial Day. The museum
was completely funded by the CSO, at no expense to the state. It has been and is currently
manned by volunteers. Over 85,000 people visited and enjoyed this facility while
learning just a little more about Florida.
May 3rd, 1996, the Board voted to change the name of the organization to Citizens for
Wekiva Basin GEO Park, in order to address the addition of the properties being managed by
the park system, and supported by the CSO.
In addition to the many events and
activities the organization has supported over the years, a constant stewardship and
helping hand has been lent to the surrounding residents of the park by people dedicated to
enhancing the park environment and it's enjoyment.
With additional land acquisitions and the pending designation
of the Wekiva River as a National Wild and Scenic River, the Board voted in early 1999,
effective Aug. 11 1999, to change the name of the organization to its' current name of
Wekiva Wilderness Trust, Inc.