CypressGardensIoA[Book: Mary M. Flekke, Sarah E. MacDonald & Randall M. MacDonald – 2006 – 16x23cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Florida’s first theme park, Cypress Gardens (Winter Haven, Florida) was the brainchild of Richard Downing “Dick” Pope Sr. With his wife, Julie Downing Pope; he transformed a marshy, lakeside property in into a magnificent garden. Chapter Points: Acknowledgments; Introduction; Building the Park; Promoting Cypress Gardens; The Gardens; Water-Ski Capital of the World; Boating at Cypress Gardens; Movies and Television; Celebrity Visitors; Park Expansion; Cypress Gardens Adventure Park [a short chapter featuring select rides]; Sources Consulted. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Fair / Good.