Lake Park in southern Lutz just off the Dale Mabry is a great getaway and public resource. It has not only wooded trails, picnic areas, large fields, and canoe rentals for the several ponds, but there is a remote-control car racing track, a playground, a youth campground, a horse arena, a volleyball net, and a BMX biking track, adjacent to which is a smaller bike track for the kids. An archery range exists at the opposite side of the park. There is much to do. I even saw someone with a drone.
After exploring around to see what the park had to offer but before I took off on the trails, I stopped to watch the teenagers racing their remote-control cars. Some of them were true professionals and had clearly been doing this for a while. I was amazed at the acceleration on these modern toys. I don’t think we had nearly the same power in the nineties. Sometimes the simplest things are the most fun. The park provides a place for hobbyists to connect over shared interests and only costs two dollars to get in, making it a special treasure.
Finally I made it to the trails. The park has a surprising amount of wildlife. I saw a rabbit, four tortoises, three deer, and countless butterflies, dragonflies, and wasps. There were also many non-descript, grey birds in the bushes.
17302 N. Dale Mabry, Lutz, Florida
Written by Daniel Noe, Champion Of The Universe