Carrollwood Village Celebrates Park's Progress
After more than four years of determined effort, Carrollwood Village has the makings of a signature centerpiece: a community park, intended to serve the current and future interests of area residents.
On Oct. 19, many of those residents and Hillsborough County leaders gathered to recognize progress made at the 40-acre expanse at 4680 W. Village Drive. It's the site of a former wastewater treatment plant.
Carrollwood Village residents are helping design the County park and select its initial amenities, and will have a say about future additions. Now, there's a large pond, picnic shelters and benches, dog parks for small and large dogs, exercise stations, walking/jogging paths, and restrooms. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has a training facility on part of the property.
Hillsborough County paid $6.5 million to develop the parcel, and is allocating more money for future development. At the Celebrate the Progress gathering, County Commissioner Ken Hagan unveiled a rendering of what the park ultimately might look like. Among the additional amenities: a playground and splash pad, an amphitheater, an observation pier, a skate park, a pedestrian boardwalk, solar lighting, and a nature center.
Area residents who are working closely with Parks & Recreation and other County departments are thrilled with the progress. The idea of turning the site into a park began as a dream, says Dawn Hudson, president of Carrollwood Park Conservancy: "The people of this area got together and said, 'When you close the wastewater plant, would you please build a park?' And the County said 'Yes.'"
Members of the nonprofit Conservancy are committed to using and keeping an eye on the park, and lobbying for more amenities.