Every other Wednesday evening we will meet at a local park to explore our "wild" side. Wear comfortable walking shoes. The trips will not be strenuous but may involve walking distances of one to two miles.
Today we are going to explore Anderson Park in Tarpon Springs. Tides will be fairly low, but rising. Shorebirds and waders are common under these conditions. I've often seen Bald Eagles and Red-shouldered hawks in the area as well. We'll meet at the parking lot near the picnic pads in Lake Tarpon. You can read more about Anderson Park at the county site.
The first land was acquired in 1964 with the park opening and dedication held on May 21, 1966. Subsequent acquisitions to the north and south along Lake Tarpon have enlarged the park to 135 acres. The most recently improved area is a 30-acre parcel acquired in 1973 on the south side of the park. Access to this area is gained by means of a road leading from the main park road to an overpass which bridges Tookes Road. It was formally opened to the public on June 3, 1982.
Who was A.L. Anderson?
The park was named in honor of Alphonse L. “Andy” Anderson, former Mayor of Gulfport and Pinellas County Commissioner from 1959 - 1971. A successful commercial fisherman and recipient of two prestigious conservation awards, Mr. Anderson was sensitive to the preservation of local waterways and the marine environment. During his tenure on the Commission, he helped to establish several county parks, including A.L. Anderson Park on the shores of Lake Tarpon. After serving on the County Commission, Mr. Anderson continued his tireless preservation efforts as a member of the Pinellas County Park Board.
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