Thursday, January 17, 2008

Lake Rogers Park

A week or so ago I had a chance for an afternoon walk and picnic at Lake Rogers Park in northwest Hillsborough County. It's a county-maintained park that opened in 2000 with lakes and nature trails, picnic tables and campsites. It's also a stop on the Great Florida Birding Trail; however, all I saw was osprey, seagulls, and a cardinal (but I was there in the afternoon, not the best time for bird watching).

The park is on Lake Rogers and Lake Raleigh. Raleigh Allen, a cowboy for the Lykes Company, bought some land out here in the 1880s. In the 1960s and 70s Mabel Lewis and James Sterling "Boots" Walker ran a hotel for African Americans. There was space for all types of outdoor recreation such as swimming, picnics, barbeques, and family gatherings.

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