Pinellas Park Florida

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Pinellas Park in Pinellas County has had its ups and downs but now it can only grow bigger and better. The city has developed from what was an agricultural community producing fruits and vegetables that was consumed around the country. It was originally a subsection of Pinellas Farms but was incorporated as a separate town in 1914. Unfortunately, the local economy crumbled when the Great Depression hit and most of the people left the town. It earned the sad nickname of Penny-less Park. It was only when neighboring St Petersburg grew into a major city that Pinellas Park area also boomed again. It was incorporated as a city in 1959.

There was a time when the main thoroughfare, Park Boulevard was run down and had an unsavory reputation. Not any more, there are new businesses and upscale housing developed here. The administration fulfills all the services it promises and it is fast catching up with neighboring St. Petersburg and Tampa. Today approximately 46 thousand people live, work and play in this city that encompasses 15 square miles. Life is good and the City provides many recreational and other facilities to its residents. It is a convenient base for tourists to visit the nearby Tampa Bay beaches and attractions. The Pinellas Park Library is an excellent resource center that organizes activities for all ages.

Pinellas Park City Auditorium is used for concerts, dances, and similar activities. There are numerous recreation centers allover the city. Sparkle Lake Park is 2.3-acre park with an eleven-station exercise and fitness trail, playground equipment and two picnic pavilions. The spring-fed lake is the park's natural resource. Broderick Recreation Center and Park is a large multi-facility complex with a playground and basketball courts, tennis courts, and a ball field. The Broderick Fitness Center offers a wide range of workout possibilities. Children enjoy the facilities of the computer room and popular game room with its video games, foosball, and billiard and bumper pool tables. A paved fitness trail is popular with joggers, bikers, and skaters and it is a popular picnic spot for families with its covered pavilions.

A local event eagerly awaited is the Pinellas Park Fire Fighters annual chili cook-off to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Local celebrities, live music and entertainment, motorcycle show, NASCAR displays, arts & crafts show, and children's amusement rides add to the excitement. The city has a Pinellas Park Angel Fund to provide emergency assistance to Pinellas Park residents and utility customers. Residents can donate to it and also seek relief in emergencies.

Hickory Smoke House Bar-B-Que Restaurant is famous for its slowly smoked meals with unmatched flavor and texture and their special BBQ sauce. La Quinta Inn-Pinellas Park/Clearwater is the local hotel, central to challenging golf courses and the peninsula's beautiful beaches. The Pinellas Expo Center serves as the showcase for trade shows and consumer shows in the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg market. It offers over 105,000 square feet of exhibit space for expositions and special events and the latest conveniences for promoters and attendees.

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