Lealman, an unincorporated neighborhood in central Pinellas County is home to more than 30,000 residents. Citing the potential for Community Redevelopment, Pinellas County has identified Lealman as a Community Redevelopment Area (CRA.) Community stakeholders, local partners, and County staff have joined to form the Lealman Engagement Committee to plan and develop public events & celebrations in Lealman.
In December 2022, the committee hosted the first annual Lealman Holiday Tree Lighting in Lealman Park.
In February 2022, the committee hosted the first annual Honey & Arts Festival in Ray Neri Park to thousands of residents who enjoyed great music, amazing food and fantastic wares.
Upcoming – On July 4, 2023, the Raymond H. Neri Community Park will be the location of the first of many 4th of July Celebrations and will boast
– Laser lightshow and fireworks at dusk
– Food trucks
– Beer and Wine garden
– Free hot dogs for the children
– Music and fun activities for the entire family
“Independence Day is the great American holiday and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome everyone to Raymond Neri Park in Lealman to celebrate.”, Commissioner Charlie Justice (Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners)
“Partners have been rebuilding and revitalizing Lealman since 2013. It is amazing to see the group get together to bring festivals and culture to the Lealman community”, Steve Cleveland (Florida Dream Center, President & CEO)
“Events build a community,” Neil Brickfield (Pinellas County Housing Authority, Executive Director) said. “We are a community in Lealman that doesn’t have
a lot of events, and it falls on some of us to say why? And if we want it to improve, we have to take action. I’m proud to be part of this committee, and I’m excited to see the joy on Lealman residents’ faces as they take part in these activities.”
The Lealman Engagement Events Committee’s inception in June of 2022 inspired immediate action by local organizations and partners to develop and host the first of many events in Lealman. An unincorporated neighborhood in central Pinellas County home to more than 30,000 residents.
If you would like to sponsor, support, or volunteer for the events planned for Lealman, or want more information, please reach out to Zelda O’Connell at Zelda@floridadreamcenter.org or 727-851-9074.
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