Saturday, May 31, 2014

Parks and Rex: The roadside dinosaur of St. Petersburg, Florida

 There's some nice patio work behind this fellow but now it's going to seed.

 Not sure what this hole is for, unless this guy was mechanical and needed some maintenance.

 Zoned C-2...that must mean large concrete dinosaur mascot allowed.

 We are family...I've got all my sisters with me.

There's friendly green roadside greeter along 66th Street in St. Petersburg, Florida, just waiting for someone to adopt him. We're a little uncertain how this coelurosaurian theropod wound up in this spot...perhaps he was a hold-over mascot from a mini golf course or other fun venue, but he appears to have last been employed by the Florida Brick and Paver Company, who apparently pave no more here, as the "For Lease" notice covering their sign would indicate. Could this happy green fellow be going, well, the way of the dinosaur? Let's hope not because he is a delight to behold, with his intricate scale work and cheerful toothless grin, not to mention the large, white cartoony bone he appears to be using as a jaunty walking cane. Perhaps if someone leases the property, the owners will thrown him in at no extra cost...wouldn't that be an enticement? Whatever business moves in would certainly get our patronage for keeping such a sight for 'saur eyes.


Debra Jane Seltzer (aka agilitynut) said...

Yes, this dinosaur is what remains of a Goony Golf. More info about him and some other Florida dinosaurs here:

Gunnar and Sherry said...

Thanks, Debra. Leave it to you to know the answer! He looks a lot less ferocious now than he did in your photos...must be mellowing with age.

llama256 said...

I remember that dinosaur fondly. As a kid passing Goony Golf on 66th street. His right arm raised and lowered pounding a plywood caveman up and down, which alternately blocked the golf ball going down the gree. He was always orange and had light bulbs for eyes.

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