Now Selling in Starkey Ranch | Part III

Imagine a community where the beauty of natural Florida meets eight hundred acres of parks, green spaces and twenty miles of trails. Imagine your family enjoying a movie in the 15052885-150505park, sitting under the trees and enjoying the night. Imagine running and playing with the dog in one of two great dog parks.

You can stop imagining and make this your reality at the new master-planned community of Starkey Ranch, located along SR 54 on the Trinity Odessa border.


Neighborhoods will be centered on parks and interconnected trails where neighbors can meet, engage in activities, celebrate moments or just unwind. With a community K-8 school, an expansive district park for athletic activities and recreation, and an abundance of nearby places to shop and dine, residents will find everything they need just minutes away.


SR 1Starkey Ranch District Park

On December 17, 2013, the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners, District School Board of Pasco County, Pasco County Parks and Recreation, and Wheelock Communities approved an innovative public-public-private partnership (P4) that, in its scope, is unique in Florida and possibly the United States. Under the agreement, the partners will design, construct, operate and maintain for joint use a park, school, library and theater within Starkey Ranch. This complex will help serve the recreational, educational and cultural needs of southwest Pasco County residents and the future residents of Starkey Ranch.


When completed in approximately 2018, the joint-use complex is planned to contain the following facilities:



  • A kindergarten through 8th grade combined elementary & middle school
  • A 20,000 sq. ft. library
  • A 6,000 sq. ft. community & school theater
  • A gymnasium
  • 6 baseball/softball fields
  • 10 multi-purpose fields for football, soccer and lacrosse
  • 3 playgrounds
  • 4 tennis courts
  • 4 basketball courts
  • 1 track
  • 2 open play fields
  • More than a mile of trails that connect to the community trail system
  • a picnic pavilion
  • 2 press boxes/concession stands with restrooms

All of these will be available for use by the general public. In order to make the facilities cost effective to Pasco County taxpayers, the County, School Board and Wheelock are all contributing to the costs of land acquisition, design, construction, operation and maintenance, and will share revenues generated by the facilities.


The first sections of the District Park are expected to open in 2016.


Meet Mathew Eberius, who leads the Recreation & Lifestyle program. Mathew and his staff will be managing many recreational programs, camps, aquatics, parks, social clubs and special events designed for every lifestyle and every age. The variety of programming will allow residents to stay healthy, active and social year-round. The Lifestyle team is on hand to greet our future residents in our new Welcome Center. (add Matthew’s photo)


Mathew will also be managing the Starkey Ranch District Park, an amazing amenity that will feature youth sports, active adult programs, flag football, track programs and so much more. The first sports fields are expected to be ready early next year.


M/I Homes and Ryland Homes are currently selling within Starkey Ranch. I would be more than happy to meet with you and discuss your future and how to become a part of this exciting community. Let me help you find your perfect home!

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Call RE/MAX Realtor, Debbie Dawson at 727-709-9541 for more information about home pricing and availability or send an email to Visit to see updated information of all home listings in Tampa Bay.

About the Author

Debbie Dawson
Publisher/Editor/Realtor | My passion is connecting local businesses to the residents of our community. With many years of experience in sales and marketing I have built a foundation for promoting small to mid size businesses including my own career in real estate. I enjoy spending my free time with my family and exploring new finds in our community. My happy place is at the beach, sand in my toes, watching the sunset while enjoying a perfect gulf breeze.

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