Sawgrass Lake Park was designed for people interested in observing and learning about nature. The Sawgrass Lake project began in 1972 to provide flood protection to the city of Pinellas Park. A water-control structure was built to facilitate drainage canal improvements and to maintain desirable water level fluctuations in Sawgrass Lake and the surrounding swamp. The District retains responsibility for operating the water-control structure. The lake and swamp system also provide natural water treatment to enhance the quality of water draining to Tampa Bay.
The main emphasis at the park is environmental awareness and education. In 1976, the District, Pinellas County and the Pinellas County School Board cooperatively agreed to establish a county park and an environmental education center on the property. Environmental education for grades K-5 is offered to local students. Programs for grades 6-12 are available upon request. The John Anderson Environmental Education Center houses a laboratory, classroom and display facilities.
- Allowed on paved park road.
- Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.
- Site 94 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail.
- Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for more information.
- More than a mile of elevated boardwalk winds through a red maple swamp. An overlook tower provides panoramic view of Sawgrass Lake.
- Hammock Trail – 0.5-mile natural-surface trail.
- Paved park entrance road.
- Some picnic tables and large shelter available on first-come, first-served basis.
Access and Parking
- From 62nd Avenue, head north on 25th Street; park entrance at end of road.
- Vehicles allowed on paved entranceway into park.
- ADA access and facilities available.
Restrooms and Water
- Restrooms and water inside environmental education center.
- Pay telephone and bike rack outside center.
- Allowed in park, but not on boardwalk or in nature center.
- Dogs must be on leash no more than six feet in length.
- Owners are requested to pick up after dogs.