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May 7, 2008
by Free Spirit
June 23, 2001
The park obviously is a wonderful place for families and children. Throughout Tampa I was impressed by groups of children from summer camps/schools who were supervised by adults and learning so much in an area that has so much to teach them. I learned all about estuaries. A bay, I learned, is an estuary, a place where fresh water from rivers mix with the salt water from the sea. Tampa Bay is Florida's largest open sea estuary and is almost 400 sq. miles. It is a place for all kinds of fish, shellfish, and crustaceans, and there were certainly some strange looking creatures pulled in and tossed back for the entertainment of all while I was at Ballast Pt. Park. I was amused when a couple from England asked me for information about the area, and by now I felt as if I was beginning to understand it.
There were small sailboats on the bay. We could see the tall buildings of Tampa in the distance. It was peaceful and pleasant by the bay. There was an appropriate inscription by the pier. It was a tribute to someone who had been instrumental apparently in making the area what it is today. It said that he had been a lover of fishing. His ashes were spread on the water of the bay at Ballast Point. He obviously liked this spot, too.
From journal Amazing Tampa Simplified