Oldsmar City Council approves new names for Canal Park, disc golf course

Canal Park

Canal Park will officially be called the Oldsmar Sports Complex following the approval of the name change by the City Council this week.

The Oldsmar City Council approved new names for Canal Park and the incoming disc golf course at Sheffield Park on Tuesday night that are designed to increase the awareness of Oldsmar as a hub of eco and sports tourism in the area.

As we reported in April, Canal Park will officially be called the Oldsmar Sports Complex, thanks to a Master Plan that city officials believe will help turn the 40-acre park on Tampa Road into a world-class, multi-purpose sports facility.

Oldsmar Leisure Services Director Felicia Donnelly.

“Canal Park represents the largest collection of our sport facilities in Oldsmar and includes the internationally recognized BMX facility,” Leisure Services Director Felicia Donnelly said during a discussion of the agenda item, adding the Leisure Services Advisory Board recommended the name change during its meeting on May 8 based on the suggestion of the City Council.

The four council members in attendance (Eric Seidel was absent from the meeting) unanimously approved the change, which was originally suggested by Council member Gabby McGee during the first reading of the item on April 18.

Immediately following that vote, the council quickly approved a new name for the city’s soon-to-be-completed elite level disc golf course—the Oldsmar Disc Golf Course at Sheffield Park.

“(The board) really wanted to reinforce the branding of the location and call it Oldsmar Disc Golf Course so that there’s no confusion about where it is,” Donnelly explained.

The logo for the Oldsmar Disc Golf Course at Sheffield Park depicts a fiddler crab; the crustaceans can be spotted scurrying near the pier at the park. (Courtesy: City of Oldsmar)

Mayor Doug Bevis said he was on board with the idea.

“I think it helps us continue to brand it,” he said.

That item also passed unanimously, 4-0.

Donnelly said the disc golf signage would be installed in time for the course’s ribbon cutting ceremony on June 24, and she said a temporary sign should be installed at Canal Park within the next few weeks while it undergoes renovations that will include the relocation of the main entrance.

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