Friday, November 9, 2012
Our schedule of EcoFest activities will help you get the most out of the three-day event Nov. 9-11.
It’s time to get wild in Pasco County. Pasco EcoFest is three-day festival that puts a spotlight on West Pasco parks and what you can do in and around them. It starts Friday, Nov. 9, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 11. The festival features more than 50 activities spread out across West Pasco parks and sites in New Port Richey. Almost all activities are free. The slate of activities includes kayaking, hiking, riverboat rides, drum circles, dancing on the beach, the first-ever food truck rally in New Port Richey, an eco market, educational workshops and talks, a pet adoption fair and geo-caching challenges. This is the second annual Pasco EcoFest. Kira and Kacey Atkinson, twin sisters who live in New Port Richey, organized the event this…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
State officials are presenting a draft of the plan update at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19.
Pasco County residents are being invited to give their input on how they want to see the only state park in the county evolve. State officials are updating the unit management plan for Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, a nearly 4,000-acre span of nature near Port Richey. Werner Boyce is the only state park in Pasco. Officials are presenting a draft of the plan update at a public meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the West Pasco Government Center, and they will be taking public input on the document. The state started acquiring the land for Werner Boyce the 1990s and gave management authority of the park to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in 2000. The DEP still manages the park today. The management plan being …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Known as Leo the Lion, many youngsters are brave enough to stick their heads in his mouth for a sip of water.
Following a Patch reader inquiry, this week I’ve taken a step back from my regular weekly column to give some background on a well known fixture at the Sims Park playground—the lion in the park, more commonly known as Leo the Lion. OK, so it’s not a real live lion, but if you have children or have visited the playground, there’s no doubt you’ve seen the brave little youngsters sticking their head in the mouth of this beast to get a refreshing sip of water. So, where did this unique and well-known drinking fountain come from and why a lion? Simply put, this was a project kicked off by the Cotee River Lions Club in 1993, according to the West Pasco Press. The idea came about during the annual Chasco Fiesta event when Ken Huber, an officer of…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Volunteers are needed for projects taking place at the Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex and other parks throughout Pasco County.
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Many of the city and county parks and recreation systems in the Bay area have been working together to designate Thursday, July 26, as a Parks Clean Up Day in Tampa Bay. This is in conjunction with Florida’s designation of July as Parks and Recreation Month. The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department invites individuals, groups and organizations to make this day, a day to visit their local parks and “make a difference” by working side by side with parks and recreation professionals on various tasks. To adopt a project call Parks and Recreation at 727-834-3278. Here is a list of tasks the public is being asked to help to the county complete in various Pasco parks: Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex – Install chain link fencing on sports…
Monday, April 2, 2012
Looking for something to do with the kids this week? Check out our ideas for making spring break a fun-for-all, (mostly) free-for-all!
Looking for ways to enjoy time with the kids without breaking the bank? Tune in this week for some cheap, fun and totally Patchy things to do in and around Land O' Lakes from your very own Purveyor of Patchy Fun/Editor. Today's picks take you and the crew outside for a little fresh air and rugged (or just faux rugged) adventure: You can... Spend a Day with the Mermaids: Weeki Wachee Springs Park, 6131 Commercial Way in Spring Hill, is a quick drive that's worth every minute. If you've never been, the park is one of those places you feel a bit lost in time—nostalgia, wonder and a pining for simplicity tend to follow me home from a day with the kids there. Marvel at the mermaid shows, take a river boat cruise, explore the park and cool off …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Developers presented broad-brush proposals for major park developments.
Pasco County commissioners on Tuesday heard preliminary proposals from two developers about what can be built at county parks, both aimed at creating recreation sites that draw tourists. The proposals were made while commissioners discussed what they wanted from developers who might seek to build a major sports complex as part of a regional county park. Commissioners last year thought they had a deal set with land at the Starkey Ranch in Odessa for a multipurpose regional park, but the deal fell through. The county has four potential sites for a major park, including the Starkey Ranch. The others are at Wiregrass Central Park, an unused site in Trinity and near the former SunWest mining land in Aripeka, close to where a resort called …