Oct 15, 2018

Former Florida Golf Course to Provide Storm Water Drainage Benefits

The 78-acre golf course is being repurposed as a retention facility

Former golf course becomes storm water drainage amenity
Former golf course becomes storm water drainage amenity

Construction has begun on the Timber Oaks Retention Facility Project in Port Richey, Fla. The project aims to repurpose a 78-acre golf course into a retention facility, providing flood relief, a park setting and wildlife refuge in the Timber Oaks subdivision.

According to the Tampa Bay Reporter, Pasco County purchased the property in 2015 with the goal of creating a solution for storm water drainage during flood events. The subdivision frequently has been the subject of flooding in roads, yards and homes, rendering a need for the project. In attention to flood relief, the project will provide a scenic lake and a wetland habitat.

“This will not only relieve flooding in Timber Oaks, it will provide residents a park-like setting and provide wildlife a refuge,” said Pasco County Project Manager Mark Guttman.  

The project is a collaboration between the Pasco County Public Works Department and the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD). It is scheduled to be completed in early 2019.

View a SWFWMD video of the project: