Central Ave. & Beach Dr. St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
- Waterfront Park
- Scenic View
- Historic Park
- 1.8 Acres
Pioneer Park is unique to the downtown waterfront parks as it has its own charitable organization made up of descendants of pioneer families that provides the City with funds each year to supplement the cost of high-level maintenance and enhancements to the park through the non-profit Pioneer Park Foundation, Inc.
History of Pioneer Park
Pioneer Park is part of the remarkable St. Petersburg downtown waterfront park system. In planning the city, the Pioneers had the foresight to leave much of the waterfront as open green space for the enjoyment of citizens and visitors, then and today. Pioneer Park is situated at Central Avenue and Beach Drive SE.
Descendants of pioneers, interested citizens, the City Council, and the City Leisure Services Department, joined a 1976 initiative and Pioneer Park was dedicated on November 26, 1981. Pioneer Park Foundation, Inc. was started at this time. A major revitalization of Pioneer Park was celebrated on February 26, 2012.
In the center of the Park is a 20 foot high modern obelisk. Four bronze plaques on the monument display the names of 600 residents of the St. Petersburg area before January 1, 1912, the date Pinellas County was created by the division of Hillsborough County. Each person made a significant contribution to the building of St. Petersburg prior to November 24, 1924, the date of the opening of the Gandy Bridge.