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Donald Forgione, Director Florida Park Service

Donald V. Forgione, Director
Florida Park Service

Enjoy Florida's State Parks!

Welcome to the website for Florida’s state parks. This website will help you plan your visits to Florida’s 174 award-winning state parks, trails and historic sites.

May is Military Appreciation Month. At Florida’s state parks, we appreciate our active duty servicemen and veterans every day. We invite you to enjoy our award-winning state park. We offer discounts on the purchase of our Annual Entrance Passes for those currently serving or have served in the US Armed Forces. Additionally, we offer a Free Lifetime Military Entrance Pass to veterans with service-related disabilities, surviving spouses and parents of members of the U.S. military who have fallen in combat. Find more information here.

For Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-29), we’ll gather at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park on the banks of the Suwannee River for the Florida Folk Festival. Buy your tickets now for a three-day celebration of the music, dance, stories, crafts and food that make Florida unique. The Department of State’s Folklife Program will feature performances and demonstrations celebrating the diverse living traditions of Miami-Dade County.

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See you at the park!

Donald V. Forgione

Director, Florida Park Service


Donald V. Forgione is the director of the Florida Park Service which manages Florida's award-winning state parks and trails encompassing more than 800,000 acres and attracting more than 24 million visitors every year. Donald began his career with the Florida Park Service in 1983 as a Park Ranger and has held many positions at state parks across Florida including Law Enforcement Ranger, Assistant Park Manager, Park Manager, Assistant District Manager and District Manager. He also has held several positions including Environmental Land Manager for the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. Donald was appointed Florida Park Service Director in 2010. He is the president of the Association of Southeastern State Parks Directors and is the recipient of the prestigious Florida Park Service Interpreter of the Year Award. Donald lives in Tallahassee with his wife Rosie and enjoys visiting Florida's state parks with his four grandchildren.


The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and cultural resources.

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