Lake Park reopens; sinkhole remains

A popular 589-acre park in Lutz has reopened, despite the existence of a sinkhole that opened about a year ago and remains unfilled. Lake Park, at 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway, officially reopened on Oct. 8. The park, which annually draws about 300,000 users, was closed on Dec. 2 because of a sinkhole that spans 6-feet wide and 90-feet deep. The sinkhole, which formed along a park … [Read more...]

No progress yet on reopening Lake Park

A park in Lutz that draws an estimated 300,000 users each year will not be reopening anytime soon. Lake Park, at 17302 N. Dale Mabry Highway, has been closed since Dec. 2 due to a sinkhole that spans 6 feet across and is about 90 feet deep. No progress has been made in repairing the sinkhole because Hillsborough County has not yet negotiated a new lease with the City of St. Petersburg, … [Read more...]

Woman’s Club scrambles for donations

The sinkhole that developed at Lake Park in October hasn’t done anyone any favors, especially the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club. The nearly 6-foot-wide, 100-foot-deep sinkhole forced the closure of the park in early December, forcing the cancellation of what would have been the 36th Annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival. The event, which has attracted nearly 30,000 people in recent … [Read more...]

Trail extension receives rave reviews

A new 4.35-mile section of the Upper Tampa Bay Trail is receiving widespread approval from walkers, joggers and cyclists, alike. “The general feedback has been very positive,” said Forest Turbiville, Hillsborough County’s director of conservation and environmental lands management. “I mean, people love it.” The $6.2 million project, which was unveiled on Dec. 1, featured the completion … [Read more...]

Park master plan meetings on tap

Hillsborough County’s Conservation and Environmental Lands Management department will host a series of meetings during the next 2½ months to provide information to residents about the county’s regional park system, and gather input for a master plan. The public meetings will take place at 10 locations, with the first on Jan. 9 at the Upper Tampa Bay Park on Double Branch Road. All meetings will … [Read more...]