Logan Gate park renovation to start

Published April 6, 2007

Construction at a Logan Gate Village park, where a local boy was killed in 2005, is scheduled to start this month.

In January the county announced plans to turn the park where 13-year-old Stephen Tomlinson was strangled into a dog park and promised changes by spring.

The county has earmarked $150,000 for the dog park as well as a gazebo, walking trail and lakeside boardwalk at two other Logan Gate parks near the community's entrance.

Work on additional lighting, sidewalks, fencing and play equipment and restroom improvements should be complete by July, said the manager of park planning and design for Hillsborough County, Kirby Jungers.

Enhancements at the other two parks will start after work is finished at the dog park, Jungers said.

The Logan Gate Special Taxing District also donated $20,000 for park improvements and plans to contribute the same amount annually.

A neighborhood man, Joshua Rosa, is charged with strangling the Davidsen Middle School student at the park on Dec. 8, 2005.

Rosa, 21, is scheduled to make his next court appearance on May 8 in Hillsborough Circuit Court.

Amber Mobley, Times Staff Writer