Pinellas Park is a city located in central Pinellas County, Florida. The population was 49,079 at the 2010census. The city was founded by Philadelphia publisher F. A. Davis, who purchased 12,800 acres of Hamilton Disston’s land around 1911. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Pinellas has a total area of 16.2 square miles. 15.5 square miles of it is land and 0.66 square miles of it (4.14%) is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 45,658 people, 19,444 households, and 12,152 families residing in the city.The median income for a household in the city was $35,048, and the median income for a family was $41,072. Males had a median income of $28,208 versus $24,505 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,701. About 6.5% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.
Pinellas Park is known throughout the Tampa Bay area for a series of community events held annually in a city-owned band-shell located behind City hall. The most popular of these events is “Country in the Park”, a festival held every year generally on the third Saturday of March, but always after the Florida State Fair and Florida Strawberry Festival. The festival’s popularity stems from its wide array of events, such as arts and crafts shows, NASCAR displays, popular amusement park rides, and multi-artist day-long concerts, and the fact that parking, entry to the festival, and attendance of the concert are all free of charge. As of 2011, the Country in the Park festival has been organized for 21 years straight.
Another popular celebration among the locals is Pride in the Park. This celebration occurs during the week leading up to Country in the Park. Usually the night before Country in the Park, the firefighters’ chili cook-off takes place at the band-shell. Pinellas Park is home to a memorial to the Korean War, located in Freedom Lake Park.
The city is served by the Pinellas County Schools district. ITT Technical Institute and St. Petersburg College have campuses located in Pinellas Park. The city maintains its own police department of more than 150 employees. Museums are: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum / Tampa Bay History Center