Pinellas County Commissioners have gotten the go ahead to purchase 4.4 acres of Palm Harbor land and add it to the expansion of Wall Springs Park. There are a total of 12 parcels of five homes that will be demolished and turned into new parkland. The owners of the property have been approached by developers in the past and have turned them down. Dave Brinson says, “We always felt that once the county bought the spring, it made sense for us to make it part of the park system and not develop it.” “There are some of the most beautiful, gorgeous oaks anywhere in the county back there,” he said.
The county is negotiating still to buy an additional few more acres in the same area to add to the park.
Officials are counting on half of the money to purchase the property will come from a Florida Communities Trust grant but if that doesn’t work out then they will use “Penny for Pinellas Funds”.
Situated right off the Pinellas Trail, near Alt. 19, Wall Springs Park has been opened since 1989 with 84 acres. Once the county is finished with all the land acquisitions, the park will be 215 acres. Palm Harbor’s historic natural spring park is a popular favorite with Palm Harbor residents. Read more about Wall Springs Park on our website.