Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Eureka Springs Regional Park

Eureka Springs Regional Park, established 1967 on land donated by Albert Greensburg, is described as a hidden gem by the St Petersburg Times, rightfully so considering all the turns and twists in the roads one must take to get there.  Located on Eureka Springs Road just down the street from Tampa Executive Airport still called by some Vandenburg Airport.  It was developed by Mr Greensburg into a Botanical Garden and kept up by the Hillsborough County Parks system. 

There is a greenhouse surrounded by lush flowering plants and a large butterfly garden down a shell path near a green pool popular with hummingbirds and pollunating insects(the lush plant life, not so much the green pool).  Other highlights include a boardwalk that meanders from the pool and back around to the greenhouse, a covered bridge crossing a lily padded stream and a large pavilion available for events. 
The park is open 9-5 week days and 8-6 on Saturday and Sunday.   Head east on Sligh Ave from Highway 301 and hang a right on Maple Lane which becomes Eureka Springs Road after a couple of miles and the park will be about half a mile or so up on the left after the turnoff for Frontage Road.  Or take Frontage Road from Williams Road which connects to Highway 92, or just use google maps.  The address is 6400 Eureka Springs Road, Tampa, Florida.  More information is available by clicking the link provided below.    

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