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Contract approved to build Eagle Lake Park

The largest of three ponds on the old Taylor property in Largo will be part of the county’s Eagle Lake Park.

RITA FARLOW | Times

The largest of three ponds on the old Taylor property in Largo will be part of the county’s Eagle Lake Park.

Pinellas County commissioners approved a contract to build Eagle Lake Park on Tuesday.

The details

Where: 163 acres at the southwestern corner of Belleair and Keene roads.

History: The pioneering Taylor family settled the land in the late 1860s and raised cattle and citrus there for more than a century. In 1998, the county paid the family nearly $13-million for 157 acres. The Taylors sold the county an adjacent 6-acre plot for $2.25-million in 2006.

Project highlights: Observation decks overlooking two ponds, walking and bike trails, six picnic shelters, a dog park and playground. The Taylor home, built in 1929, several outbuildings and farm equipment will remain, to be used for educational purposes. Some of the remaining 18 acres of citrus groves also will stay.

Construction cost: Nearly $8.4-million. (Project funds are coming from the Penny for Pinellas sales tax, plus grants from the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the state.)

Contractor: The Diaz/Fritz Group of Temple Terrace. Thirteen companies submitted bids. The county had estimated that park construction would cost more than $12.9-million, but every bid came in at least $1.7-million lower. That kind of competition, county officials said, shows how eager construction companies are for work in a slow economy.

Schedule: Work is scheduled to begin in June and to be completed in December 2009.

Contract approved to build Eagle Lake Park 04/08/08 [Last modified: Thursday, April 10, 2008 4:07pm]
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