Pair of Tarpon parks to have grand openings Saturday
Tarpon Springs will celebrate the opening of two new parks this Saturday afternoon. The fitness park, pictured here, is at the southeast corner of Live Oak Street and Safford Avenue. The newly created dog park is directly north of it, on the opposite side of Live Oak Street. ERIC HORCHY/STAFF
TARPON SPRINGS — The city of Tarpon Springs is offering a packed slate of activities this Saturday for its 2013 Halloween Family Fun Day. Highlighting Saturday’s events is the grand opening of two parks adjacent to each other at the corner of Safford Avenue and Live Oak Street. Constructed as part of the North Safford Improvement Project, both the Dog Park and Fitness Park open for public use. City officials will hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. at the Dog Park, followed by the Fitness Park’s christening at 9:45. The openings will be followed by a full day’s worth of events and activities.
Pet owners can take part in a dog costume parade at 10 a.m. and then a dog wash that goes from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Across Live Oak Street, free fitness demonstrations get underway at the Fitness Park from 8:30–11 a.m., as well as other healthy family oriented activities from noon until 2 p.m. Playing off the Halloween season, the city’s inaugural Zombie Run is also part of the day’s attractions. Obstacles in the form of volunteers dressed as zombies will chase after participants along the 5k run-walk course that begins at the Fitness Park. Taking part in the race costs $20 and registration can be done in advance by going to TSRDonline.com or at the even on race day 8:30–9:45 a.m. Other family related activities will be available throughout the day. Astro Skate is providing a bounce house, games will be set up, arts and crafts will be on site for purchase and a costume contest takes place at 1:30. For those who need a little more Halloween-related fun in their day, the city’s Haunted Forest is in its second weekend of operation and is open 6:30–9:30 p.m. The Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail is within the North Anclote River Nature Park, at 550 Old Dixie Highway, and costs $5 to enter.