Crest Lake Park’s splash pad, lighted fountain, and boardwalks part of $5.7 million makeover

a giant splash pad with trees surrounding the area

The $5.7 million makeover of Crest Lake Park in Clearwater, Florida is complete, and the substantial improvements have turned the park into a total oasis.

Clearwater visitors will now be greeted by a new beautiful park in the downtown area. The $5.7 million makeover of Crest Lake Park makes it the city’s newest signature parks. The park, which was closed during the past year or so for construction, opened during a special ribbon cutting ceremony on April 26.

“Crest Lake Park has been home to our most-visited dog park for a decade and half and more recently the Florida Veterans Memorial Plaza,” said Mayor Frank Hibbard. “Now the entire park will be a destination for our residents and guests and I believe will serve Clearwater for decades to come.”

What’s new to see at Crest Lake Park

Visitors to the park will discover wider sidewalks around the lake and throughout the park, new lighting, irrigation, landscaping and grassing, four new play areas including a spray pad, restrooms, picnic shelters, a lighted fountain, boardwalks, volleyball courts, arboretum and more. 

“I believe Crest Lake Park is our best park project to date,” Parks & Recreation Director Jim Halios said. “It combines the physical beauty of a nature park in an urban setting. This unique feature allows our residents to experience the park on multiple levels.”

This project was funded through the city’s BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement money.

This is a perfect park to enjoy with your family, friends, and your pup — and is so worth the trip from Tampa.

Crest Lake Park is located at 201 South Glenwood Avenue. Keep up with more park news by following Clearwater Parks & Recreation on Facebook.

There are of course myriad parks to explore in the Tampa Bay region:

Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave

Lettuce Lake Park, 6920 E Fletcher Ave

Picnic Island Park, 3402 W. Columbus Drive

Davis Island Dog Park, 1002 Severn Ave

Julian B Lane Park, 1001 N Blvd

Hillsborough River State Park, 15402 US-301 N

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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