PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — The former Baypointe Golf Course is set to be transformed into a park with a stormwater treatment system. 

  • Pinellas County bought former Baypointe Golf Course for $1.2 million
  • Land to become park and stormwater treatment facility
  • Residents spent 5 years advocating to preserve the property
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Pinellas County bought the property for $1.2 million. The sale was finalized this month.

The property has been abandoned for years. Residents in that area created a group called Save Baypointe Golf Course in 2015 with a mission to preserve the land.

Linda McDowell, who created the group, is pleased with the sale and the plans for the space.

"It's exciting from the standpoint that residents will be able to continue to use this property for recreational use, bird watching, just a really nice space for respite and enjoyment," said McDowell.

The county plans to make the space into a park with a stormwater treatment system.

“We are so close to the narrows and to the intercoastal, that there’s a real need for water flow through this neighborhood," said McDowell.

There isn't a date for when the project will be complete, but employees have already started cleaning up the area.

“We really appreciate the county recognizing that without protecting our green space, it will eventually interfere with the quality of life for many residents in this area," said McDowell.

The county says it will keep the community in the loop and discuss ideas with them about the plan moving forward.