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    City Hall Park will close for facelift

    The improvements, including a band shell and a fitness trail, are due to be finished in six to eight months.

    By MAUREEN BYRNE

    © St. Petersburg Times, published December 22, 2000


    SEMINOLE -- This weekend offers the last good opportunity to take the kids to City Hall Park for a while.

    But don't fret.

    The park is getting a long overdue facelift and will reopen in six to eight months.

    City Manager Frank Edmunds said the park will close no later than Tuesday. Heavy equipment, including bulldozers, was delivered there Thursday, and workers will begin revamping the 10-acre site next week.

    The job entails regrading and resodding the surface and laying brick pathways throughout the park. Highlights include a $150,000 band shell that will replace an existing large wooden deck, a floating fountain that will be anchored in the center of a pond, a sand volleyball court, new playground equipment and a fitness trail.

    Other work will include installing a 6-foot aluminum picket fence around the park, improving the drainage system and adding more picnic tables, benches and shade areas.

    The $800,000 project is being paid for by a $100,000 state grant and the countywide, one-cent Penny for Pinellas sales tax.

    The driveway leading into the park will be closed during the project. Those who visit City Hall will have to use the park's exit, which has been converted into a two-way road.

    The park isn't the only space at 7464 Ridge Road that will be experiencing some changes. The hiring of a city planner will necessitate turning the council's chamber at City Hall into administrative offices.

    The last council meeting at City Hall will be Tuesday. Beginning in January, the meetings will take place at Seminole Community Library, 9199 113th St.

    "Once the joint-use library is built, the existing library will be converted to a city hall," Edmunds said.

    The new library is expected to open in 2003.

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