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Posted December 7, 2017 | 10:56 AM

Seffner Park: "Walk, Play, Learn, and Grow Together

Area residents lobbied for 17 years to create a "passive park" on the land along Kingsway Road

Sometime after the turn of this century, when Seffner area residents first proposed turning a Hillsborough County-owned parcel into a park, they came up with a vision for it.

Seffner Community Alliance members suggested a passive, nature-inspired spread where people could "walk, play, learn, and grow together."

After years of efforts to move the concept to fruition, community activists and Hillsborough County officials formally dedicated the Seffner CommUNITY Park and Gardens on Kingsway Road on Monday, Dec. 4.

"Sometimes you think you have a really good idea, and you misread the people," says Terry Flott, president of the Alliance. "That doesn't seem to be the case here. People are really excited about it."

The 17-acre park has a gazebo, a winding 1.5-mile pathway, shelters and benches, and a community garden where area residents can plant and tend flowers and vegetables. Recently planted oak and Florida maple trees dot the parcel, along with longstanding cedar. The County has allocated $100,000 for a future, unknown art project, and Alliance members hope to introduce simple activities such as hopscotch that will help children and adults learn and have fun.

"It's going to be interesting to see how this pans out," Terry says.

There are no playgrounds or ballfields. Other area parks have such facilities. The idea of this park is to spur imagination and creativity in a relaxed setting. "We never really did want all the expensive equipment," Terry says. "It's just amazing how simple things bring people together."

The Seffner-Mango Branch Library, 419 N. Kingsway Road, abuts the park, along with a mobile home park and the site of a future subdivision.

"I've already seen so many families here, and kids playing football," says neighbor Phil Peplinski. "All we've got to do now as a community is stay on top of it and keep it this way."

Photo information: A community garden is among features of Seffner CommUNITY Park.


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