Happehatchee is a Center
For Peace and Healing
~A Park in the Heart of the Village
Enjoy our Happe Slide show below of our many activities, from Yoga Classes, Drum Circles, Meditation, Summer Camps, Ceremonies, Kayak/Canoe Ramp, Ellen Peterson Picnic Park, and Bamboo Forest.
There is something in nature here for everyone!
Our Happehatchee grounds are ADA compliant and wheel chair accessible.
Letter from Dr. Genelle Grant
President, Happehatchee Center Inc.
Winter Solstice, 2019
In December of 2006, Ellen Peterson, three friends, and I established the Happehatchee Center, Inc. The purpose of this new non-profit organization was to protect forever Ellen’s four and a half acres of old Florida, former Koreshan, riverfront land. Ellen directed that the land be preserved at 8791 Corkscrew Road.
This December, thirteen years later, the Happehatchee land will become part of the central park of the Village of Estero. The Happehatchee Board of Directors worked with numerous attorneys to create a legal framework to ensure that the precious acreage and wildlife of the Happehatchee Sanctuary will remain protected in perpetuity.
Optimism abounds around the long-term planning for the now 67 acres of forest and riverfront. The proposed environmental education center will nurture the land and community and serve as an anchor for the future network of bike paths and nature trails. This Park in the Heart of the Village, at the northeast quadrant of US41 and Corkscrew Road, will continue as a natural treasure in Southwest Florida.
We know that Ellen Peterson would be Happe happy. Her dream is actualized. The sacred land will be cared for and safe forever.
The Board of Directors sends love and gratitude to the thousands of Happehatchee Center friends for your hard work and continuing support over the years.
Wishing you the most light-full New Year,
Genelle G. Grant, Ed.D.
President of the Board of Directors Happehatchee Center, Inc.
We Remember and Honor Ellen Peterson, Our Founder