Snowden Park ribbon cutting


A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the refurbished Snowden Park on Thursday, May 5, 2016.  Over 200 attendees were on hand to help celebrate the re-opening of the park which has been closed for nearly two years for renovations.

Mayor Rick Lott, Commissioner Mary Mathis and City Manager Mike Herr spoke to the audience and expressed their gratitude to the community for their desire to see the park upgraded as well as their patience and understanding while the process was completed.  Recreation & Parks Director Jack Holland read a list of persons and companies that were involved with the project.  Following the program, the formal ribbon cutting was held with many youths from the Plant City Boys & Girls Club in attendance.  After the ribbon cutting,  hotdogs and drinks were served, provided by Certus Builders (project general contractor) and cooked by the Plant City Optimist Club. 
The seven acre park, located at 902 Waller Street in the Madison Park neighborhood of Plant City, has been completely re-built from the ground up.  The only visible remnants of the original park are the ball field dugouts, ball field lighting, basketball court lighting, a 0.4 walking trail and a 14 table/112 seat picnic pavilion.  The rest of the park received either renovations or additions, including:

  • Baseball fields - new fencing, dugouts, team benches, bleachers, clay, grass, irrigation system, bases, pitcher's mounds, home plates.
  • Basketball court - new lined concrete court, goal posts, backboards, goals.
  • Restrooms/pavilion - new restroom building and four table/32 seat pavilion.
  • Trail lighting - new LED lighting around the walking trail for early morning or evening trail use and park security.
  • Irrigation - new irrigation system covering areas outside as well as inside the ball fields.
  • Playground - new playground apparatus, swings, climbing wall and sit-n-spin.
  • Electrical - new electrical wiring throughout the park for ball field lighting, basketball court lighting, ball field score booths, existing pavilion, new restrooms/pavilion, new trail lighting.
  • Tables - new checkerboard/chess table and five new picnic tables.
  • Benches - ten new benches scattered around the walking trail.
  • Trash receptacles - ten new trash bins scattered throughout the park.
  • Drainage - improved drainage throughout the park.

Funding for the project was mostly provided through a U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) administered by the Hillsborough County Affordable Housing Services Department.  Other funding was provided by the City's Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Community Investment Tax (CIT) Fund, Sanitation Fund and the General Fund.

Photos of the day's activities in the slide show above were taken by Recreation & Parks Department staff.  More information about Snowden Park is available on its web page: