New district park planned for West Pasco

Residential and schools also part of project

TRINITY, Fla. - There are still some details to work out, but Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Stark says the Trinity/Odessa district park will happen on a piece of land just north of State Road 54.

"I can't wait for this to come. To me it's 10 years to late," she said.

Starkey's family owns thousands acres of land known as Starkey Ranch, but they recently sold a piece of it.

Some will be used for a middle and elementary school. A residential neighborhood is also planned.

And they will all border a massive new park with ball fields for baseball and soccer, picnic shelters, tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground and walking trails.

"I get emails everyday about please, please can we have our Trinity park, it's a big concern," said Starkey.

Parents in the area, who have had to take their children miles away to play youth sports, say this project is long overdue.

"There's not really a big central park anywhere for the kids to go and play and use fields and have the facilities that they really need in this area," said Gayle Brown, a mother of two.

The park will be built with $8 million in Impact fees collected in Pasco County and designated for this area.

Starkey hopes to see kids using these fields to play on in less than 2 years. But because of her family ties to the land, she will not be involved in any votes on the project.

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