Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Spring Hill waterfall will be rededicated Saturday

In recent years, the waterfall at Spring Hill Drive and U.S. 19, a local landmark, had become something of an eyesore.

Times files (1997)

In recent years, the waterfall at Spring Hill Drive and U.S. 19, a local landmark, had become something of an eyesore.

SPRING HILL — To many Spring Hill residents, the bubbling waterfall at Spring Hill Drive and U.S. 19 has been a fitting landmark for as long as they can remember.

Although not fancy, it has been a source of sentimental pride to the community's 92,000 residents and has been the site of holiday celebrations, veterans ceremonies, even a wedding.

But in recent years, the curved, brick wall structure had fallen into disrepair. Marred by neglect, the waterfall had become something of an eyesore. At times, it even lacked the flowing water that made it the eye-catching feature it was intended to be.

Things got even worse last fall when the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department cut funds for the maintenance of the waterfall and its surrounding area. In January, members of the Spring Hill Garden Club took over maintenance of the site.

With community support, the group raised more than $6,000 in donations and in-kind services for improvements, including new shrubbery, an irrigation system, even a new pump to replace the aging one that had often failed to deliver the sheet of water that made the structure a showcase.

"It was an all-out effort by the community," said garden club member Shirley Jacques. "And with that, we've been able to make a huge improvement at the waterfall."

At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the Spring Hill Garden Club will hold a public rededication ceremony to thank supporters of the project and to show off the results of their efforts.

"We were delighted by the response we got," Jacques said. "But the big concern is that people may think we're done with it. We're not. We still have a ways to go."

The Deltona Corp., developers of Spring Hill, built the original waterfall during the 1960s, when U.S. 19 was a two-lane road. When the highway was widened in the early 1990s, a new waterfall was built across the street.

Jacques said her club has cared for the landscaping near the site for the past several years.

However, maintaining the waterfall and the adjacent park took resources that were beyond the club's capabilities.

The club had hoped to raise $12,000 through donations to complete the renovation project and have enough left to continue regular maintenance at the site, but the members fell short of that goal.

Saturday's ceremony will feature a guest speaker, Sheriff Al Nienhuis, plus the Springstead High School color guard and band. After the ceremony, the club will serve cake and beverages at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens at 1489 Parker Ave.

Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or lneill@sptimes.com.

Spring Hill waterfall will be rededicated Saturday 05/19/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 19, 2011 7:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Blake Snell struggles in return as Rays fall to Pirates

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — Blake Snell talked a good game ahead of his return to the Rays rotation Wednesday night, but he didn't pitch one.

    ON THE BALL: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria makes the play and the throw during the first inning against the Pirates.
  2. College World Series title puts Florida Gators in elite company

    College

    The Florida Gators put themselves in rare company with Tuesday night's College World Series national championship victory.

    Florida ace and Tampa native Alex Faedo (21) lets loose with his teammates after they win the Gators’ first baseball national title.
  3. Lightning prospects mantra: You never know when NHL chance will appear

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Brett Howden said he watched closely last season as former junior teammate Brayden Point made an remarkable rise to a Lightning regular in his first year pro.

    Lightning prospect Mikhail Sergachev skates during the Lightning Development Camp Wednesday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  4. McConnell trying to revise the Senate health care bill by Friday

    Politics

    WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is aiming to send a revised version of his health care bill to the Congressional Budget Office as soon as Friday as he continues to push for a vote before Congress' August recess.

    Protesters rally against the Senate Republican health care bill Wednesday on the east front of the Capitol building.
  5. Police raise likely death toll in London high-rise blaze

    World

    LONDON — The number of people killed or presumed dead in the London high-rise fire has inched up to 80, but the final death toll may not be known for months, British police said at a grim briefing Wednesday.