The park was featured in several movies and television shows from the 1940s to the 1960s that featured such stars as Elvis Presley, Esther Williams and Arthur Godfrey.
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commission on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting the idea being floated by Bob Gernert executive director of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce to get the site of the botanical gardens and ski show listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
was founded in 1936 by the late Dick and Julie Pope, becoming one of Florida's pioneering tourist attractions. The ski show debuted in 1943.
National recognition sought for Cypress Gardens
Cypress Gardens closed in 2009 and much of the property was developed into the Legoland amusement park that opened in 2011. However, the botanical gardens remain under a state conservation easement. Polk County owns the 30 acres that includes the botanical gardens and water ski area. The county paid $5 million for that parcel.
BARTOW, Fla. (AP) Polk County commissioners are on board with an effort to bring national recognition to the former Cypress Gardens tourist attraction.
History and tourism officials from the area have been holding meetings to organize a local heritage trail to attract visitors to the county's historical and cultural sites.
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told commissioners the designation would be a nice tribute to the Babyliss Miracurl Pink Pope's legacy. He said receiving the designation would be "Polk County's moment in the viva Florida 500 celebration."
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