Lutz began with the construction of a small train depot on the Tampa Northern Railroad. The area surrounding the depot officially became known as Lutz when the U.S. Postal Service authorized a post office. The community was named for W. P. Lutz, who was credited with bringing the railroad to town. As people moved to the rural community from Tampa, the Lutz area continued to grow until it no longer depended on the "Lutz Junction", which was demolished in the late 1960s. In 2000, a replica of the depot was rebuilt in the approximate location, which is now at the intersection of Lutz-Lake Fern Rd. and U.S. Highway 41. The post office's structure is still in the same place today, although it is now an art gallery. A public library is located behind the train depot replica. This area is known as "Beautiful Downtown Lutz". Lake Park offers the perfect combination of fun activities, excitement and breathtaking beauty. This 589-acre Park is a sanctuary for birds and wildlife, and features five lakes, cypress swamps, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks. Lutz is also home to Lake Park, which has an archery range, a BMX bicycle track, two equestrian arenas and a radio-controlled car track, making it one of Hillsborough County's most unique Regional Parks. These facilities are open to the public except during races, events, and tournaments. Cooperative partnerships with local organizations, such as the Gasparilla Bowmen Archery Club, Tampa BMX Raceway, Inc., and the Hurricane R/C Club, allow Hillsborough County to provide these high quality facilities at Lake Park. Wildlife viewing can be enjoyed on the exercise trail or the two-mile scenic hiking trails. Lake Park also offers jogging paths, picnic pavilions with furnished grills, picnic tables, playgrounds, and primitive camping.