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$85,000 approved for park upgrades

Freedom Lake Park gets the lion's share for a pedestrian bridge, a walking trail around the lake, shelters and tables.

By SHEILA MULLANE ESTRADA

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 20, 2000


PINELLAS PARK -- The City Council has approved spending more than $85,000 to improve parks and recreational facilities during the coming year at Freedom Lake and Sparkle Lake parks and at Davis Field.

The largest project is at Freedom Lake Park, 9990 46th St N. The city recently completed the creation of a second 6-acre lake at the park that will improve drainage in the area. The north lake will become the focal point of the city's planned improvement project.

Among the scheduled changes are: a 6-foot by 40-foot aluminum pedestrian bridge spanning an inlet at the northwest end of the lake, a walking trail around the lake, four 12-foot by 12-foot shelters with picnic tables, four park benches, two pedestal water fountains and four litter receptacles.

Last Thursday, the City Council approved the purchase and installation of the pedestrian bridge and the four shelters. The council also approved the installation of a poured rubber playground surface under the swing set installed last year at Sparkle Lake Park, 4501 84th Ave. N.

Allen Deson, parks director for the city, said the recycled tire surfacing will be paid out of a $24,110 Pinellas County Waste Tire Grant awarded to the city. The other projects are part of the city's budget.

Council approval also cleared the way for installation of new backstops and fencing renovations at Davis Field, 6050 Railroad Ave.

According to Deson, the parks department is planning future improvements to equestrian trails and pedestrian walkways at Tingler Park, 8780 62nd St. N. The city recently agreed to maintain the park for the water management district.

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