The Crescent Heights & Crescent Lake neighborhoods in St. Petersburg, Florida are popular for many home buyers due to the great neighborhood feel here. The architecture you’ll find here is a mix of early and mid-twentieth century styles. Early styles include Foursquare, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco and Tudor. 8th Street has a particularly fine collection of 1920’s Tudor houses. Later styles include Minimal Traditional, Postwar and Ranch. Along the lake are some early Ranch-type houses dating from the late 1930s.
There is a community run association who put together fun community activities for homeowner’s families. Located conveniently between 4th and 9th Streets, close to Downtown, near Crescent Lake and the associated parks, this is the perfect place for many families who enjoy being near it all, and out of a flood zone! There’s a historic baseball field here – Huggins-Stengel Field was once the Spring Training home for the New York Yankees. Ever hear of Babe Ruth? Yeah he played there… Crescent Lake Park also offers several tennis courts that are even lit after dark, a double dog park (one for big dogs and another for small dogs), a playground with swings, slides and such for families, plus a mile long sidewalk around the perimeter – perfect for joggers, roller bladers, runners and the groups of moms pushing their strollers. With lots of open green space (the entire park and lake is 54 acres!) Crescent Lake Park is perfect for frisbee, catch, football, picnics and lovers. According to the City of St. Pete website, Crescent Lake Park is officially located at 1320 5th Street North, St. Petersburg, Florida, 33704.
It’s Operating Hours are: Opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset. Also check the city’s website for Park – Shelter Rental and Field Rental Information.
The history behind St. Pete’s Crescent Lake neighborhood, via the community website CrescentLake.net:
A cypress dugout canoe dredged from Crescent Lake in 1924, provided evidence of a Native American presence in the neighborhood. The canoe, now in the Museum of History, is thought to date from the 1500s. In the 1870s and 1880s, settlers of European origin arrived and put the land to agricultural use, primarily citrus groves. This way of life did not last long. When a streetcar line was built along 9th Street to 34th Avenue in 1914 the groves became valuable suburban property and subdividing began. The opening of Crescent Lake Park in 1927 heightened the neighborhood’s appeal. The park was the brainchild of master developer Perry Snell, who acquired and held the necessary parcels until the city was able to buy them. Shortly after the park opened, the city built a ballfield for the New York Yankees at the south end, ensuring that national sports figures like Babe Ruth, Lou Gerhig and Joe DiMaggio would join a long list of local business and civic leaders who have been our neighbors. The neighborhood acquired its final form just before World War II, when palm-lined drives went in alongside the lake. The building boom that gripped St. Petersburg and the nation immediately following that war quickly filled all remaining lots.
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