Eagle Lake Park Makes Nice Addition to Park System
Text/Photos By Renee Burrell
Restoration of the land's natural habitat was the main focus when planning Pinellas County's newest park. Residents can hike, fish, picnic, and bird watch throughout Eagle Lake's 163 acres.
LARGO - Pinellas County recently opened Eagle Lake Park to the public, the first since 2001. With its entrance at 1800 Keene Road, the park's bordered by Belleair Road on the north, Keene Road on the east, McMullen Road to the south, and Lake Avenue to the west.
The land the park sits on was once a citrus grove owned by the Taylor family who settled early in the area. The park is home to fox squirrels, birds, gopher tortoises, and other turtles.
Visitors can walk 2,000 feet of boardwalks over wetlands, on a paved recreation trail or venture off on a shell path. Six shelters with plenty of tables offer shade for picnics. Other amenities the park offers are fishing areas, a children's playground, and a dog park sectioned off into three fenced in areas for small and large dogs.
Like all Pinellas County Parks, Eagle Lake Park is open every day of the year from 7:00 a.m. to sunset (unless otherwise posted). For assistance in reserving a picnic shelter, call (727) 453-3171 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday evening two friendly 9-month-old Great Danes, Walter and Clark, welcomed a friend to the dog park's big dog section. The park has separate fenced in areas for large and small dogs.
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