Tampa’s Riverwalk nears completion

December 11, 2012 by  

A project that has been in the works for over 40 years is finally nearing completion.

Tampa, Florida, officials are asking for bids from engineering firms on the final section of the Tampa Riverwalk. The city has designated $450,000 for the design phase and this Thursday, December 13, is the deadline for submissions.

According to Ali Glisson, Tampa spokeswoman, the designs should incorporate:

“…appropriate landscaping, shade, furniture and hardscape for visitors to enjoy.”

Tampa’s capacity to pay for a design, as well as constructing the final section of the Riverwalk, is contingent on it actually receiving the grant it has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The unfinished part of the walk is called the ‘Doyle Carlton’ segment, and runs from the Straz Center for the Performing Arts to Water Works Park. The park, which has deteriorated, will receive a $4.7m facelift as part of the project. Water Works Park lies on the shoreline and features a large green lawn for picnics, where people can relax and watch boats on the Hillsborough River. The new construction will also include approximately $1m worth of repairs to the seawall.

When the Riverwalk is complete, it will stretch 2.2 miles from the southern edge of Tampa Heights to the Tampa Bay History Center. The Riverwalk will terminate in an area comprising a playground, a stage, a grassy lawn, a launching place for canoes and kayaks, and fountains.

Tampa officials might consider working with brochure printers to create a brochure mapping the Riverwalk and its amenities, for both residents and those planning trips to Tampa.