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Temple Terrace resident Joseph Stanko shares his Lightfoot Park photos.

The City reopened Lightfoot Park yesterday as Temple Terrace's first , accommodating children with special needs.

The park has been a part of the City for more than 40 years. James Chambers, the City's director of Leisure Services, told those at that he remembers playing at the park when he was a kid. The park had one of the best slides in the City, second only to the slide in Bonnie Brae Park, he said.

Temple Terrace resident Joseph Stanko was also at the rededication. He and his wife, Joan, live in the neighborhood served by the park and have been watching the installation of the new equipment.

Joseph said he was excited about the playground's new look and was looking forward to bringing his grandchildren, Gabrial, 6, and Breanna, 3, to the park.

Gabrial and Breanna will be the second Stanko generation to use the park, Joseph explained, as his three sons visited it regularly with his parents.

"We are just happy to have it reopened for this next generation of young children in the area," he said.

Here are two photos that Joseph submitted.

The first was taken in 1977 and depicts Stanko's son, Mark A. Stanko, with Mark's grandmother and Joseph's mother, Mary Lees-Stanko.

The second was taken circa 2008 and shows Gabrial playing on the park's old equipment with his grandmother and Joseph's wife, Joan.

If you have photos that you'd like to add, we'd love to see them. Just click the "Add your photos & videos" link and follow the instructions. Temple Terrace Patch invites you to add your own photos to any story!

You can also e-mail photos to ashley.reams@patch.com.

Grant Rimbey July 29, 2011 at 09:05 PM
Great job Joe, save these for us for History of Temple Terrace Volume 2, 1940 to 1970.
Holly Schwarzmann August 01, 2011 at 03:27 AM
I have fond memories of this park from my childhood. I'll have to dig up some old photos of it from about 20 years ago or so.
Ashley Reams August 01, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Holly, Please do post them if you find them, or e-mail them to me at ashley.reams@patch.com and I'll post them for you. I'd love to see them, and I'm sure many others would, too!

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