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Then & Now: Bullard Park, Lutz, 1960 and 2013

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Bullard Park once included a bandstand and ballfield, pictured in this July 1960 Tampa Tribune photo view from the outfield. The park filled the entire block from Second Street to the railroad tracks. According to “Citrus, Sawmills, Critter & Crackers,” by Elizabeth MacManus, construction began in 1934. In 1952, the park was dedicated to Frank G. Bullard, a long-serving Hillsborough County commissioner. In 1970, the Lutz Branch Library opened in what was the center of the park. A new Lutz Fire Station opened on the park’s western end three years later. A replica of the Lutz train depot as it appeared in a 1912 photo was built in 2000 just east of the library. As no signs designate the site as Bullard Park, many refer to it as Train Depot Park.

Bob Moore, 62, a Lutz resident since he was a young child and head of the Lutz Centennial Committee, said the original photo looks west from what is now the middle of the library building. The bandshell butted up to the paved area visible in the foreground of the current photo. The former basketball court is now a parking lot east of the fire station.

George Wilkens

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