Tampa Approves Big Riverfront Park Renovation

The Tampa City Council approved a big, ambitious park proposal for 23 neglected acres along the Hillsborough River.
May 26, 2016, 5am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Richard Danielson reports: "The council voted 6-1 on Thursday to spend $35.5 million to remake Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 23 all-but-forgotten acres just across the Hillsborough River from the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts."

According to Danielson, the park joins several predecessor urban park projects near the Tampa riverfront in the past seven years: Curtis Hixon Waterfront, Perry Harvey Sr,. and Water Works. Danielson also describes the project as perhaps the most significant legacy for Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Mayor Buckhorn himself is quoted in the article, talking about how the park represents a historic investment in the West Tampa area.

The article includes more details about the political effort required to gain the project's approval, along with design and planning details for the project. 

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Published on Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Tampa Bay Times
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