Saturday, November 18, 2017
News Roundup

Clearwater council to vote on Little League ballpark, youth football field and lakeside trail

RECOMMENDED READING


CLEARWATER — A reworked Little League ballpark, a newly built lakeside trail and a home field for a youth football team: Clearwater is swimming in new proposals for parks and outdoor spending.

The City Council is expected to approve work or accept grants for each of these projects at its meeting tonight, allowing the trail and athletics fields to spring ahead. Even nicer: All of the projects will likely be paid for with county, state or federal funding.

Here's a look at all three:

The North Greenwood Athletic Fields

Three years ago, one of the only places in North Greenwood to throw a ball around, the Phillip Jones Field, was closed due to old landfill debris edging too close to the surface.

That left the North Greenwood Panthers, a group of 270 football players and cheerleaders between the ages of 4 and 15, effectively homeless. Every game day, the team had to pack all its stuff into the back of a U-Haul truck.

Now, thanks to a $300,000 federal Community Development Block Grant and a $25,000 donation from Clearwater For Youth, the city is looking to open its replacement in a grass parking lot near the old Jack Russell Stadium.

The first lighted field for football or soccer, off Palmetto Street and N Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, could be completed in June.

Lake Bellevue Trail

This mile-long trail would loop around Lake Bellevue, the namesake for the neighborhood sometimes called South Greenwood. Just south of Lakeview Road, the 10-foot-wide trail would link the Ed Wright and Ross Norton parks.

A state grant for recreational trails and Penny for Pinellas funds will split the cost of the $400,000 trail. Parks and recreation director Kevin Dunbar said it could one day connect to the sprawling Pinellas Trail.

Sid Lickton Complex

The seven ballfields here on Saturn Avenue have hosted Little League baseball and girls softball for 50 years, and city officials had planned to wait another half a decade before starting their renovation.

But with a planned remodeling due for the nearby water-treatment plant that could tear up part of the complex, officials now want to start pitching ideas for the ballpark much sooner.

The council will vote Thursday on whether officials should spend up to $150,000 in Penny for Pinellas funds on surveys and a site design for the $3 million renovation.

Though the work could potentially can the Little League's 2013 season, it could allow the fields to stay open for years.

Contact Drew Harwell at (727) 445-4170 or [email protected] Send letters to the editor at tampabay.com/letters.

Comments

Updated: 16 minutes ago
Lightning finds its game too late, loses to Islanders

Lightning finds its game too late, loses to Islanders

TAMPA — The firepower showed up in the third period.Yanni Gourde and Ondrej Palat scored 13 seconds apart. Gourde scored again.Suddenly it was a one-goal game, and the Lightning appeared on its way to one of those comeback wins that would be remember...
Updated: 1 hour ago
No. 14 UCF rolls Temple 45-19, heads to War on I-4 unbeaten

No. 14 UCF rolls Temple 45-19, heads to War on I-4 unbeaten

PHILADELPHIA — There were so many reasons for UCF coach Scott Frost to worry about his team’s focus. With a huge game against USF looming, playing an improving Temple team in a stadium where the empty seats outnumbered the filled ones by about a 3-1 ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Gerald McCoy to Ndamukong Suh: ‘Let them remember us’

Gerald McCoy to Ndamukong Suh: ‘Let them remember us’

TAMPA — In the spring of 2010, one of the biggest debates during the week leading up to the NFL draft was which defensive tackle would be selected first: Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy.Both figured to be highly productive NFL pla...
Updated: 2 hours ago
No. 2 Miami finishes on 30-0 run, tops Virginia 44-28

No. 2 Miami finishes on 30-0 run, tops Virginia 44-28

MIAMI — After Miami clinched the first Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division crown in program history, upset the then-No. 3 team in the country, claimed one of the top four spots in the College Football Playoff rankings and after many of the nat...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Bucs’ belief in Jameis Winston has been shaken

Bucs’ belief in Jameis Winston has been shaken

TAMPA — Belief is the biggest attribute a quarterback can bring to his team. Belief in his talent. Belief in his commitment to winning. Belief in his ability to bring everyone together and have his voice lead the path forward.But the belief the Bucs ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Topkin: As Rays start dealing, how far will they go?

Topkin: As Rays start dealing, how far will they go?

After collecting intelligence at last week’s GM meetings, the Rays soon will launch their offseason mission of trading at least a couple of veterans to reduce payroll.The question is how far they will go — how many players they deal, and how big of n...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Bucs-Dolphins: Things to watch in Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

Bucs-Dolphins: Things to watch in Sunday’s 1 p.m. game

TAMPA — Can the Bucs pull off back-to-back wins with a backup quarterback? Win a game on the road for the first time this season? Politely hand the unnamed trophy for the state’s worst football team back to the Dolphins?With WR Mike Evans back from h...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida State routs Delaware State 77-6

Florida State routs Delaware State 77-6

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher longed for his team to play in this type of game throughout its disappointing season.After Hurricane Irma caused a three-week layoff between FSU’s first two games, forcing it to play 11 in a row to finis...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Senate ethics, relatively silent, could face busy year

Senate ethics, relatively silent, could face busy year

WASHINGTON — It’s been nearly six years since the Senate Ethics Committee conducted a major investigation of a sitting senator. Next year, the panel could be working nonstop, deciding the fate of up to three lawmakers, including two facing allegation...
Updated: 2 hours ago