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Julian B Lane Riverfront Park Revitalization - Funding Approved

Mon, June 06, 2016 4:00 PM | Brant Peterson (Administrator)

On Thursday, May 19th, Tampa City Councilors green-lighted the Julian B Lake Riverfront Park revitalization project with a 6-1 vote.

$15 million will come from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill fund. Most of the rest of the money needed will come from the Community Investment Tax, a voter-approved half-cent added to Hills­borough County's sales tax to pay for schools, roads and projects that include Raymond James Stadium.

With the council's approval, Skanska USA Building will start construction in the coming months. The project is expected to take about 18 months.

The $35.5 million price tag will pay for:

• A new river center with a community room, a large shaded deck, storage for rowing shells and dragon boats, a public dock, paddleboard rentals, a riverfront promenade and a sheltered cove where beginners can practice on calm water.

• A large lawn where people at art shows and concerts would have good views of the river and the downtown skyline.

• Tennis, basketball and pickleball courts, plus a lighted, synthetic-turf athletic field with bleachers for soccer, football and lacrosse.

• A family picnic area, a splash pad for children, a fenced children's play area, a dog park and a water taxi stop.

Tampa officials also see the redevelopment of Riverfront Park as an anchor for attracting interest to 120 acres they are calling the West River area.

A huge project for the area and one that will open up our neighborhood to Tampa's great waterfront.

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