Published: Oct 18, 2010 8:22 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 18, 2010 5:08 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Panama City Beach is in the process of getting a new wilderness park.

The city council is annexing about 700 acres from the Northwest Florida Water Management District for the project.

That land will join about 3,000 other acres purchased by the city from a private owner in 2004.

Panama City Beach leaders tell the News Herald of Panama City that project is part of their mission to protect Florida wilderness areas.

The park plans include 22 miles of unpaved nature trails and boardwalks for hiking, biking and bird-watching, a large picnic pavilion and an outdoor amphitheater for wildlife lectures.