Good news and bad news for fans of Alderman's Ford Regional Park.
The bad news is only short-term. Portions of the trail at the park at 9625 Canoe Launch Loop remain closed because of a renovation project that started Jan. 2. The project is scheduled to last 90 days.
Three bridges on the trail will undergo renovations and will be temporarily closed in stages. There will be signs in the park and at trail entrances with information about the construction closures.
The good news? Visitors can now rent a canoe to explore this scenic park in a different way. Four-hour rentals are $25. A park entry fee will also apply at $2 per vehicle carrying up to eight people, with $1 for each additional person. Only cash, check and traveler's check payments are accepted at this time.
Alderman's Ford becomes the seventh Hillsborough County park to offer canoe and kayak rentals. The other parks are Edward Medard Regional Park, 6140 Edward Medard Parkway in Plant City; E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW in Ruskin; Lake Park, 17302 N Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz; Lithia Springs Regional Park, 3932 Lithia Springs Road in Lithia; Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave. in Tampa; and Upper Tampa Bay Park, 8001 Double Branch Road in Tampa.
Alderman's Ford Regional Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the winter months. For more information, call the park at (813) 757-3801.