CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Marine & Aviation Department invites residents and families to attend the Clearwater Airpark Open House on Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1000 N. Hercules Ave. Admission is free.
Attendees will get a chance to see several aircrafts up close, such as a Coast Guard helicopter, Army helicopter and Bayflite Helicopter (as operations permit). The event will include a small ceremony honoring hometown astronaut Nicole Stott followed by free kids’ activities, reduced rate airplane and helicopter rides, and K-9 and arson dog demonstrations. There will be free hot dogs and soft drinks while supplies last. Appearances are contingent upon operational schedules.
“We generally host between 2,000 to 3,000 friends, neighbors, and exhibitors during an average open house,” said Gordie Wills, Airpark Operations Manager. “We expect this year’s event to be just as popular.”
In the past couple of years, a variety of airpark improvements have been made, including a longer runway, topping or removing trees (with neighbors consent) that were impacting the federally required glide slope, and new hours of operation for pilots. “These changes make the airpark safer for both the pilots and surrounding neighborhoods,” said Bill Morris, Marine & Aviation Director for the City of Clearwater.
For more information about the event or Clearwater Airpark, call (727) 443-3433.
“Clearwater Airpark…We Grow Pilots, Astronauts, and Dreams.”
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City of Clearwater Web site – http://www.myclearwater.com