WHO: University Area CDC (Community Development Corporation); Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC)
WHAT: Florida Wildlife Commission will stock the pond with more than 1,000 catfish
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 15, 8:30 to 9 a.m.
WHERE: Harvest Hope Park, 13704 North 20th Street Tampa, FL 33613
DETAILS: More than 1,000 catfish, each between eight to 10 inches long, will be released into the Harvest Hope Park fish pond, for the purpose of fishing. The Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) has raised the fish for eight months for this purpose, and now they are large enough to be released.
At the grand opening of Harvest Hope Park last November, FWC hosted a fishing pole workshop for area residents. Organizers were so inspired by University Area CDC’s work and commitment that they volunteered to stock the pond with fish for residents. Eight months later, the catfish are ready for the pond, and to be caught and eaten.
In addition to the pond, Harvest Hope Park is home to Harvest Hope Garden, a plentiful garden of a variety of produce – such as eggplants, cucumbers, herbs, tomatoes and peppers – that area residents grow and harvest.
Serving the community for more than 20 years, University Area CDC provides support for thousands of Tampa residents through youth programs, adult education and resource assistance. Its primary mission is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. More information about University Area CDC, a 501(c)(3) public/private partnership, is available by calling 813.558.5212 and by visiting www.uacdc.org.