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Why the name "Oakford Park"?
Oakford Park was named after an Historic Amusement Park and Pool in Western Pennsylvania from my youth. It also is the name of a Tampa, FL neighborhood. The name celebrates my childhood and young adulthood in Pennsylvania and also my adult home of Tampa Florida.
Oakford Park Neighborhood
Oakford Park is a neighborhood in Tampa, FL with a population of 1,500. Oakford Park is in Hillsborough County directly West of Downtown Tampa. Oakford Park is the area bounded by Kennedy Boulevard to the south, Dale Mabry Highway to the east, Cypress Street to the north and MacDill Avenue on the east. This area comprises approximately 500 households and 150 businesses.
First platted in 1910, Oakford Park is one of Tampa's older neighborhoods. Tampa Town, a history written by Tony Pizzo, describes the area surrounding early Tampa as wooded with oaks and tall pines. Is was a habitat for deer and bears, as well. The many cypress trees and knees attested to the swampy terrain. Frame homes sheltered the early dwellers. Many moved here from West Tampa and Ybor City and it is common to find descendants of the same families living today in Oakford Park.
Oakford Park Pool
The park started out as a Trolley park in 1896, with the amusement park expanding in 1904 and the pool being built in 1921 until finally closing in the 1980's. Not much remains of Oakford Park today other than the memories of 80 plus years of enjoyment.
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