After mining phosphate in the 1960s, the American Cyanamid Company donated the majority of this property to the District in 1969. In 1970, a dike and a control structure were built to create the 700-acre reservoir, which offers some flood protection along the Alafia River. In 1972, under agreement with the District, Hillsborough County developed this site as one of its largest regional parks. Originally known as the Pleasant Grove Reservoir Park, the property was renamed the Edward Medard Park and Reservoir in 1977 to honor a District Governing Board member.
Edward Medard Park is a popular recreation area, hosting 500,000 visitors annually, with the 700-acre reservoir being the main attraction. A boardwalk fishing pier leads to an observation tower across the reservoir.
Bicycling and Inline Skating
- Paved park road.
- Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.
Boating and Paddling
- Boating fee.
- Multilane boat ramp and docks.
- Reservoir is an idle speed, no-wake area to protect public safety and prevent erosion.
- Canoe rentals available at park office.
- RV and tent (primitive) camping available.
- Fee for camping. No reservations.
- 40 campsites — RV, tent and youth (group) sites.
- All campsites are full service — table, water, electricity and fi re ring.
- Restrooms, showers and an RV dump station available.
- One-way, 3.25-mile bridle path.
- Water available in equestrian staging/parking area.
- Horses may be trailered in or rented at a stable adjacent to the northwest corner of property.
- Riders are required to stay on marked trails.
- Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test.
- Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.
- Available by boat, along the banks of reservoir, and on 730-foot pier/boardwalk, which is ADA accessible.
- Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements. Special park policies may also apply.
- Permits for after-hours fishing available from park office.
- Available on all roads and trails.
- Playground equipment.
- 3 picnic areas with tables, grills and restrooms.
- Covered shelters available.
- Shelter rentals also are available.
Access and Parking
- Entrance on Turkey Creek Road, 1 mile south of SR 60 (Brandon Boulevard).
- Admission fee.
- 12 parking areas distributed throughout park.
- ADA access and facilities available.
Restrooms and Water
- Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length.
- Owners are requested to pick up after dog.