Stop 70: The William Glenn Lester Park
Lester Park is near the south entrance to Dade City.
As you travel into Dade City on Highway 301, you may traverse 6th Street just north of Southview Avenue to Coleman Avenue and see a small apex configuration that serves as a cozy little park.
A small piece of land was donated to Dade City Woman’s Club by William Glenn Lester and Hazel Harris Lester. The Dade City Woman’s Club subsequently donated the land to Hollyhock Circle of Dade City Garden Club prior to 1983; and in 1983, the Dade City Garden Club donated the land to the city The original land donated by William Glenn Lester and Hazel Harris Lester was appropriately named Lester Park.
William Glenn Lester arrived in Dade City in 1947 when a new Lipham and Lester Brothers Incorporated Supermarket was built. Glenn was a co-owner/manager of the supermarket. As for the partner’s name of Lipham, Joyce Tilden Lipham and William Glenn Lester were in-laws as J.T. was married to Glenn’s sister, Lois. L & L Supermarket was incorporated in April of 1944 and they purchased the City Market owned by Ed Sumner in 1947.
William Glenn Lester was elected a city commissioner in 1951 and served as Mayor from 1953 to 1958.
A Blue Star Memorial Marker was dedicated at Lester Park to commemorate veterans of Dade City in April of 2007 also recognized the newly planted freedom garden in honor of Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 116th FA of the National Guard.