St. Petersburg, FL (May 2020) – The City of St. Petersburg is celebrating the expansion of Abercrombie Park, Park St. N. and 38th Ave. N., with a virtual ribbon cutting on Saturday, June 6, at 9:30 a.m. on the City of St. Petersburg’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/stpetefl.
The City purchased property at 8336 40th Ave. N. from the Kuttler family in 2015 and from that time, the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department worked to connect the Abercrombie Park boardwalk with the Kuttler property, which added 2.4 acres of uplands and 1.2 acres of submerged land to Abercrombie Park. During the expansion process, the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation crews removed the existing home and dock and replaced invasive plants with native trees and plants.
The newly expanded Abercrombie Park will provide St. Petersburg residents and visitors with walking trails, a boardwalk, picnic areas, and educational signage about the Native American shell mound. The shell mound is considered to be part of the larger Bayshore Home Site Complex, a pre-Columbian village occupied by Native Americans between AD 140 and 565, during the early Weeden Island period.
Abercrombie Park is already designated as one of the City of St. Petersburg’s four archaeological sites. The St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department teamed up with the University of South Florida to document archaeological components using 3D technology at Abercrombie Park, Indian Mound Park, Jungle Prada De Narvaez Park and Maximo Park. Individuals can take a virtual reality tour or 360 degree tour of the park to uncover archaeological finds and information found at these parks on the department’s website at www.stpeteparksrec.org/historicsites. The St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department has worked to preserve these archaeological sites for future generations to enjoy.
For more information, please visit www.stpeteparksrec.org or contact the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department at 727-893-7441.
About the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department
The St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department is nationally accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, and with 17 recreation facilities, nine swimming pools, over 150 parks and more than 70 athletic fields, the department makes it a mission to preserve and enhance the city’s parklands and recreational facilities and engage the community in leisure activities. Visit www.StPeteParksRec.org to learn more.
About the City of St. Petersburg
One of Florida’s largest cities, the City of St. Petersburg is a city of opportunity where the sun shines on all who come to live, work and play. It’s an innovative, creative and competitive community that honors its past while pursuing its future. Visit www.StPete.org to learn more.