Land O' Lakes area residents braved cool temperatures and a light drizzle Dec. 11 for the third annual Traditions on the Green.
Held yearly at Christmastime at the Land O' Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd., the event features games and activities for children, a visit from Santa and a Saturday Market for adults to browse. The event is a fundraiser for the Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to raising money to improve the recreation center's grounds.
"We're raising funds for the park to build a bandshell and a historic walk," explained Pam St. Mary, who runs the Saturday Market.
Heritage Foundation president Sandy Graves said her group was founded years ago to support the park. While more than $15,000 has been raised for the bandshell and other improvements, the group is still far from its goal, she said.
"We don't want to limit our dreams," she said.
The idea is to eventually create a green space at the park where residents could attend concerts, movies and other community events without disrupting the ball fields.
"I grew up here," Graves said. "It's what made me who I am. We're trying to bring that (community) feel back."
Donations to the Heritage Foundation can be made by mailing checks to P.O. Box 1473, Land O' Lakes, FL 34639.