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New place to play nears its opening
The first phase of the $20-million Wesley Chapel park officially opens on Monday.
By CHUIN-WEI YAP
Published July 13, 2007
WESLEY CHAPEL - It seems that some people have a perfect sense of timing.
When the Pasco Times spoke to Jeff Miller seven months ago, he said he couldn't wait for the new Wesley Chapel District Park to open.
He and his wife, Laura, both Realtors who moved here from Southern California three years ago, had three small children and were expecting twins at the time.
On July 4, they got their latest arrivals: twin boys called Collin and Shayne.
Right on schedule.
After more than a year of work, the $20-million first phase of the 120-acre Wesley Chapel District Park officially opens to the public on Monday, said Rick Buckman, Pasco's parks chief.
"We got the Certificate of Occupancy yesterday," Buckman said Thursday. "The gates are going down today."
The park's first official game will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, for youth football, Buckman said.
That's also when county officials are gunning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. They're still trying to pin county commissioners down to a firm date, Buckman said.
The park boasts 10 fields, each of which can be interchanged for football or soccer; four tennis courts; four basketball courts; and a "boundless" playground for special needs children, among other features.
A major lacrosse tournament is on track to be held at the park in early 2008.
Buckman said people have already been using the park, but contractors are still tying up loose ends. Public use will be made official on Monday.
"I'll be there Monday," he said. "As you can imagine, we're excited."
He'll bring his older kids: Jack, 5, Amanda, 4, and Ayden, 2. With the new twins, that's quite a merry bunch for Jeff and Laura.
Just like the district park, the Millers have decided to wind down their production rate for a while.