Photos from January, 2004
1720 N. MacDill Avenue
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset Park amenities include picnic tables, grills, restrooms, ball fields, play courts, tennis and racquetball courts, a playground, and the David Barksdale Senior Citizen Center.
Macfarlane park is located between MacDill and Lincoln Avenues, bordered by Spruce Street on the north. The park is a designated historic site by the Tampa Historical Preservation Commission, thanks to to the efforts of Joe and Olga Vila.
The main entrance on MacDill Avenue is marked by this unique archway. The land for the park was donated by Hugh Macfarlane in 1908.
Those of us who grew up in West Tampa in the area of this park, remember it as a place for our childhood birthday parties, family picnics and Easter egg hunts.
These signs are posted at the north west corner of the park at Lincoln Ave. and Spruce Street. Part of the sign was missing, it's the "David M. Barksdale Senior Center."
Guida Memorial Drive is the main entrance to
From the memorial marker at Macfarlane Park.
GEORGE GUIDA 1914-1986 "MR. WEST TAMPA" The grateful citizenry of
Tampa dedicated this roadway to the memory of George Guida for his commitment to
improving the quality of life for all. A business and civic leader, banker and
builder of many of our public service buildings, such as Jesuit H.S. Athletic
Field House, Rey Park Recreation Center, St. Joseph's Convent. The Boys and
Girls Clubs of America presented him their Silver Keystone and Bronze Keystone
Awards for building their West Tampa and Interbay facilities. With his wife
Palmira and children, he lived and worked near this site. An Outstanding
Citizen, the Lord graced us with his presence and let George do it ... He was
"Mr. West Tampa."
Visit West Tampa History, 1892-1925, A Personal Collection
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