Seminole Park

The pavilion in the center of the park

Seminole Park
2900-3rd. Ave. N.

Seminole Park – A Brief History

At the heart of our Historic Kenwood neighborhood activities is Seminole Park, a grassy one-block area with beautiful vegetation including live oaks, tabebuia, a few old growth pine, and other trees. Structures have been added to the park over the years. The focal point is a central Craftsman style pavilion designed by architect Tom Kensler and built by 70 neighborhood volunteers with grant funding from the city in 1995. A children’s playground, picnic pavilion, picnic benches and park benches complete the structures in the park. In 2017, the seven park benches were transformed into works of art by six artists.

Seminole Park exists today because in 1914, developer Charles Hall and his wife Emma deeded Block Number 11 of Hall’s Central District #2 to the city for $1. In the deed, they stipulated that:

· the property could be used as a public park only, to be called “Seminole Park,”

· the City would improve and maintain the park, and

· should either of these conditions be violated, the land would return to their heirs.

Fast forward to 1945. The city wanted to honor contractor A.A. Stebbins, who built nine of the homes around Seminole Park and many others in Historic Kenwood and other St. Pete neighborhoods. He was an active advocate and champion for the City over many years. The City was so appreciative of his efforts that the City Council voted to change the name of Seminole Park on June 5, 1945 to “Stebbins Park,” and a formal resolution was issued in this regard. The resolution was short-lived, however, as on June 12 the City’s legal staff recognized the conflict with the Halls’ original deed requiring the park to be called “Seminole Park” in perpetuity. To see an article on Mr. Stebbins and his philanthropic deeds, click here.

So “Seminole Park” it remains – and we are careful to preserve the name. What prompted the Halls to name it as they did, however, remains a mystery. 

Historic Kenwood has received two Neighborhood Partnership grants. One was used for street signs and the other was used for the pavilion at above.

For more pictures of the pavillion, click here.

Reservering the park or a pavilion for your event: The city has a permitting process this. Click here.
You can reserve either pavilion. The one in the middle is #1. The smaller green one is #2.

How many of you have seen the new Spectrum/Brighthouse commercial with our pavilion in it? Did you know that our Seminole park is a Brighthouse Wi Fi Hot Spot? Free if you are a Brighthouse customer or pay as you go. All you need is a computer with wireless capability, smartphone, or other wireless device.

Simply log on with your e-mail and password or account password.

 

Playground Equipment.

Hex-Block sidewalks:

 

Mature trees: