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Park will reopen today in Gulfport

By ANGEL BEDINGHAUS ZENT
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 12, 2003

The construction zone designation is coming off Gulfport's Tomlinson Lake Park, just in time for the start of Little League season. The $800,000 renovations are complete and the park will reopen to the public during a ceremony at 1 p.m. today. The park, 1820 55th St. S., closed at the end of last year's Little League season. Since then, workers added a new ball field, tot playground and walking trail. The restrooms now are wheelchair accessible and the pond is expanded to decrease flooding of area roads. The old tennis courts have been converted into a skate park and the batting cages are expanded and improved.

During the ceremony, a presentation by the mayor and City Council members is scheduled. Staff members will register kids for skate park use and Little League representatives will register youth for the new season. The ball fields also will be dedicated to honor longtime resident and civic volunteer Lum Atkinson.

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