A Day in Hunt Fountain Park

Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 8:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 8:09 p.m.

LAKELAND | Hunt Fountain Park anchors the northwest Lakeland neighborhoods along Duff Road with some tried and true recreational offerings.



WHAT: Hunt Fountain Park
HOURS: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
ADDRESS: 2020 Duff Road, Lakeland.

Most residents probably know the park as the home of little league baseball, soccer and football. That's what accounts for most of the 63-acre green space: two football fields, four soccer fields and eight baseball fields.

But the sprawling park at Duff and Green roads makes room on its fringes for some activities that are otherwise hard to play in northern reaches of the city without a gym membership.

Just west of the Duff and Green road intersection, residents will find a set of racquetball courts. These are four-walled spaces you enter by crouching through a short door. They are open to the elements, but pretty well-maintained.

In North Lakeland, finding a quality public basketball court is difficult. Hunt Fountain Park offers an antidote to that problem with three full courts on its northern edge (next to the racquetball courts).

You'll also find two tennis courts in the same area.

On the park's Green Road edge there are two playgrounds and covered picnic pavilions, perfect for a children's birthday party.

The park doesn't offer a trail or views like Lake Parker Park, but it shouldn't be overlooked.

During the summer and on weekends, Hunt Fountain Park is probably a haven for children looking to escape boredom.

But it offers older children and adults enough room for a pick-up game of basketball, tennis or racquetball. Keep it on your list for when daylight-saving time rolls around March 11.

[ Matthew Pleasant can be reached at matthew.pleasant@theledger.com or 863-802- 7590. ]

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