Bring original stories, poetry, songs, comedy or other spoken art to share with others at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Crest Lake Park, 201 S Glenwood Ave.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
City leaders will decide on destroying the bathrooms at Crest Lake Park as well as financing future upgrades there at a meeting Thursday, April 4 at City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave.
It seems a matter of when, not if, bathrooms at Crest Lake Park will be demolished. City leaders plan to vote on destroying the bathrooms and pursue a program to finance future upgrades for Crest Lake Park at their April 4 meeting. “If there’s a mistake that we’ve made, it is we probably should have had this discussion months ago,” Mayor George N. Cretekos said regarding removing the bathrooms. “It looks terrible having them welded shut... I’m tired of seeing that photo op.” Neighborhood leaders hoped to convince the council to reopen the restrooms by March 7. They have been closed since June 11, 2012. The bathroom closure is part of the city’s efforts to usher homeless into social services and deter crime at the park, officials have said…
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Some roads in Skycrest and Hillcrest neighborhoods will be closed as crews install storm water piping, water lines and traffic calming devices.
Some roads in Skycrest and Hillcrest neighborhoods will be closed as crews install storm water piping, water lines and traffic calming devices. Drivers should use caution in these areas: The north half of the Corona Avenue and Harding Street intersection is closed while crews replace stormwater piping. Brandon Avenue or Cincinnati Parkway can be used as detour routes. The eastbound lane of Marilyn Street from Patricia to Hercules avenues will be closed intermittently as water pipes are installed from Wednesday through Friday, March 29. A flagman will be present to direct traffic. The Hillcrest Avenue and St. Thomas Drive intersection is closed to traffic as part of the Hillcrest-Brookhill Traffic Calming project from April 10 to May 3. …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Neighbors hoped to get the bathrooms reopened at the park by March 7, instead city leaders talked about destroying them and redeveloping the park in at least five years.
Mayor George N. Cretekos wants Crest Lake Park to be more inviting. Maybe remove the berms from the south of the park near Gulf to Bay Boulevard. Add some interactive activities, possibly a fountain, and an expanded playground, bronze statues and a veterans memorial, Cretekos said Monday during the city council work session. Already the city has socked away about $1.5 million and officials hope to use Penny for Pinellas tax funding to help with other costs to revamp the park sometime in 2017-18. Until then, the bathrooms, which are currently welded shut, would most likely be torn down. “What we are saying is work with us so that we can redesign this park. One of the things neighbors complained about initially, was homeless and prostitutes…
Monday, March 18, 2013
Clearwater Mayor George N. Cretekos is expected to present his plans for the future of Crest Lake Park during a City Council work session meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at City Hall.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
The event is part of a series planned by the Skycrest Neighbors Association as a way to invite people back to the public space.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Clearwater neighborhood leaders are interested to build from the success of Largo's park in an effort to rejuvenate beleaguered Crest Lake Park, which some say has suffered since the bathrooms there were welded shut.
A former orange packing plant and a patchwork of other parcels made way for what is arguably Largo’s most popular attraction, Largo Central Park. An estimated 800,000 people come to enjoy the more than 30-acre park’s green space, ride on the 1/10 scale train or play on the playground at Seminole Boulevard and Bay Drive. There is a veterans memorial, the Cultural Center and Library in close proximity. To the northwest of the park a new trail system links nearby Bayhead park to the neighborhood closeby. “It wasn’t always like this,” Greg Brown, who is in charge of Largo's parks, said to Clearwater neighborhood leaders recently. Brown, who has worked at the city for 15 years, talked at a recent Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition meeting March…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
After the death of Jason Paul, family members, friends and neighbors gathered in Clearwater's Crest Lake Park to remember and move forward.
Bagpipes played and numerous candles lit the path from the dog park to the pier in Clearwater's Crest Lake Park on Feb. 23 to commemorate the life of Jason Paul. Paul was bicycling home from work and a quick stop at the store when he was found stabbed near the park Jan. 6. Clearwater Police still are looking for a suspect, motive and weapon. The vigil was meant to show support for the family as well as for Crest Lake Park, said JoAnna Siskin, president of the Skycrest Neighborhood Association. More events are being planned to bring a more positive energy to the park, she said. Some of those events include a spoken word night, chalk art night and doggy date night. To see more of the vigil, watch our video above. Anyone with information in …
After city leaders said future plans for Crest Lake Park will be presented in March, some Clearwater Patch readers shared their thoughts about the park's past, present and the closed bathrooms.
Plans for the future of Crest Lake Park are expected to be unveiled during a city council meeting in March. Park supporters recently asked city leaders to reopen the bathrooms and were told plans for the public space’s future will be shared then. Some Clearwater Patch readers shared their thoughts about the park's past, present and the closed bathrooms: steve brown: "I swam in Crest Lake as a child. Dove in off the wooden dock. City improvements in the landscape should be a magnet for everyone to enjoy the park in daytime. Open the restrooms with an automatic switch to turn off the lights when not in use." Michelle: "I've lived in the neighborhood for 16 years and run the park nearly everyday and the homeless situation has not changed one …
A cadre of Crest Lake Park supporters asked city leaders to reopen the bathrooms at the park and were told plans for the public space’s future will be part of a March city council meeting.