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Keystone Civic Association History

The Keystone Civic Association, originally named the Odessa Lake Region Civic Association, was formed in the 1930’s for civic improvement and promotion of the interests, welfare, and ideals of Northwest Hillsborough County.  It was disbanded during World War II but was reactivated in 1948 when it was reorganized as the Keystone Park Civic Association. The articles of incorporation were filed in 1989 with its current name.  Meetings were held in the Lake Fern School building that was located at the junction of Lutz Lake Fern Road and Gunn Highway.

Early in 1958, the Association partnered with the County Parks Department for construction of a building on property that had been purchased for this purpose earlier in the decade. It was agreed that the county would pour the foundation, furnish roofing and landscaping if the civic association would supply the concrete blocks, windows, and association labor. Within 30 days, over $3,000 was collected in support of the home for the civic association. 

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The KCA Mission

To promote, support and protect the rural interests, welfare and ideals of Keystone by strengthening the community’s social, philanthropic, business and civic organizations. Through education, fellowship, outreach and special events, KCA seeks to serve as the voice of our community to residents, elected officials, staff persons and agencies and to foster unity through community vision.

KCA Community Outreach

Events

KCA sponsors and manages our annual Keystone Spring Fling, Fall Family Fun Day, Chili Cook off and Business Expo, Adopt-a-Road clean up through Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Hillsborough County’s Citizen Corps & Emergency Operations plan.

Education

We hold monthly meetings with guest speakers about topics important to our mission. Via communication through our monthly community e-newsletter, emails and social media, KCA provides information to area residents on a variety of topics such as environmental stewardship, lake management, Florida-friendly landscaping, gardening, agriculture, and wildlife. It offers opportunities for sharing and exploring issues pertaining to Keystone’s residents and the Keystone community.

Fellowship | Social | Activity

The Keystone Park and Civic Center as well as Austin Davis Library accommodate community organizations and neighborhood meetings, self-help classes, exercise, quilting and gardening clubs, sports activities for both children and adults, senior citizen groups as well as seminars open to the public.

The Keystone Park also hosts and organize activities including concerts, children's plays, antique fairs, and donation drives.

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