New Tampa Nature Park
In 2012, the City of Tampa opened the new 122 acre nature park in New Tampa.
The park also includes 70 additional acres of managed land, including
trails, rock climber, boardwalks, parking, and a zip line. In total, the
cost for the park was $927,469 and was funded through the Community
Investment Tax funding.
Spring Hill Community Center
The Spring Hill Community Center in Sulphur Springs includes a gymnasium,
computer classroom, multi-purpose room, splash pad, playground, and a new
sports field. It is also home to the Virginia Rivers Creative Arts Studio,
which has three classrooms and a high tech performance workshop dedicated to
theater and performing arts programs. In addition, the new community center
hosts an after-school program in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Tampa. Construction on the $2.5 million Springhill Community Center began in
June 2010, and was funded through Community Investment Tax funds.
Water Works Park
A master plan was completed and funding is in place for the redevelopment of
Water Works Park and restoration of the Ulele Spring in Tampa Heights.
Perry Harvey Park
A Master Plan for Perry Harvey Park was done, and includes active and
passive recreation, gateway and cultural amenities, skate park and new
community center. $3 million in Choice Neighborhoods grant funding will go
towards transforming the park.
KaBOOM! Projects at Ragan Park and Temple Crest Park
In cooperation with KaBOOM, Humana, and East Tampa Revitalization
Partnership, a new intergenerational playground was built at Ragan Park by
250 volunteers just before the 2012 Republican National Convention. At
Temple Crest Park, more than 200 volunteers from ForestersTM, the City of
Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, Friends of Tampa Recreation,
organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the local community joined forces
in November 2012 to build a new playground there.
Ballast Point Park improvements
At Ballast Point Park, the City of Tampa added a new tot lot playground with
a donation from neighborhood, new workout station donated by local business,
splash pad, new parking lot, lighting, and new pavilion. The improved
pavilions and the boat ramp was made with a grant from fish and wildlife.
Monthly Water Meter Reading
By October 2012, all customers had shifted to be on a monthly meter reading
schedule. In 2011, a multi-departmental Water Task Force concluded that
implementing monthly meter reading will mitigate several of the factors
contributing to high bills. In November, Tampa City Council approved a
contract to provide services to enable a system-wide implementation of
Bruce B. Downs Water Main Replacement
In 1976, a 54" diameter transmission main was installed in Bruce B. Downs to
be the primary source from the Morris Bridge Water Treatment Facility. It
was discovered that the pipe manufacturer used defective materials in the
production of their pipe. This was a $13 million replacement that will
ensure safe drinking water.
Sulphur Springs Pumping Station and Lower Weir Project
The city recently completed $5.3 million in upgrades to the decades-old
pumping system at Sulphur Springs to enhance water quality and environment
in the Sulphur Springs Run and the Hillsborough River.
Reclaimed Water Expansions
- The $600,000 expansion of the reclaimed water system along Bayshore
Boulevard will connect homes from Rome to Howard avenues to the reclaimed
water infrastructure system. In total, the City estimates that this will
save nearly 22,000 gallons of potable water a day.
- The Tampa Port Authority is constructing a reclaimed water main from the
City of Tampa Howard F. Curren AWTP to Nexlube, LLC at a cost of $2.6
million. Once construction is complete, the reclaimed main will be deeded to
the City of Tampa, and it will have excess capacity for other potential
customers at the Tampa Port.
Credit Card Service at McKay Bay
The City of Tampa expanded the payment options at the McKay Bay Scalehouse.
McKay Bay Scale House moved from a cash-only operation to also include
credit cards and debit cards with a MasterCard or Visa logo as methods of
In January 2013, the first City residents received new 95-gallon green,
recycling carts. The new carts replaced the blue bins. The 95-gallon
recycling cart holds more recyclables, reduces litter, and easily rolls to
the curb and back.
Completed the New Tampa Boulevard Bridge
The 0.7 mile bridge spanning over I-75 connects Commerce Park Boulevard in
Tampa Palms with New Tampa Boulevard in West Meadows. It includes a 5-foot
sidewalk on the south side and an 8-foot wide multi-use trail on the north
side, which will allow neighborhood pedestrian and bicycle traffic to safely
cross I-75 without using Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. It also improves
emergency access for the area.
Completion of the Ybor Pump Station Rehabilitation
This $5 million capital improvement project included replacing deteriorated
components and modernizing control systems to improve reliability and
operating efficiency at one of the City's most critical wastewater
facilities, serving approximately 1/3 of the total wastewater generated
within the service area.
Alline Avenue Flooding Relief Improvements
Mayor Buckhorn cut the ribbon on the $5 million Alline Ave stormwater
pumping station, force main, upgraded collection system, and water quality
elements. The unique pump station building looks like a house that blends in
with the neighborhood.
Duck Pond Flooding Relief Project
Construction began this year on the Force Main and Pump Station within the
City and will be completed during FY13. This project is a multi-agency
cooperation. The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD),
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Hillsborough County,
and the City of Tampa embarked on project to solve a severe flooding problem
that encompassed areas within the City and County.
Drew Park Flooding Relief Project
Construction began in September 2012 on the Grady Avenue Stormwater and
Streetscape Improvement project. The project provides new box culverts to
replace existing ditches which will more effectively transport stormwater to
the newly expanded pond and substantially reduce Drew Park flooding. The
$4.7 million construction cost also includes landscaping, sidewalks, and on-
street parking areas. Completion is projected for December 2013.
North 30th Street and Hillsborough Avenue Flooding Relief project:
The $1.6 million project constructed a stormwater collection system along
30th Street from Hillsborough Ave. to Ellicott St. and modified the existing
stormwater retention ponds to increase capacity. This project is in
cooperation and funding from the East Tampa CRA and the SWFWMD.
Lois Avenue Stormwater and Streetscape Improvements
The Lois Avenue Stormwater and Streetscape Improvement project will provide
new box culverts to replace existing ditches which will more effectively
transport stormwater to the newly expanded pond and substantially reduce
Drew Park flooding. The project also includes extensive landscaping and
streetscaping including decorative sidewalks, lighting, pedestrian shelters,
benches, and medians. Construction cost is estimated at $12 million and is
funded by the City of Tampa, Drew Park TIF funds, and a SWFWMD grant.
Westshore Waterways Improvement Project
As part of the $2.8 million improvement, the city will dredge and improve
water quality in ten canals in the Westshore area. This long-awaited project
is expected to remove 50,000 cubic yards of sediment from the canals during
its 17-month performance period.
22nd Street Enhancement Phase II
Segment A of Phase II was completed from E. 23rd Avenue to E. 26th Avenue,
continuing the pedestrian, landscaping, and lighting improvements along the
corridor. Segment B recently started construction with a TIF investment of
Commercial Façade Grant Program
The CRA invested $127,000 of TIF funds under the Commercial Façade
Improvement Program to facilitate the rehabilitation of four storefronts and
leveraged private investment.
Housing Rehabilitation Program
$290,000 of TIF investment to renovate ten single family homes completed
under the Foreclosure Acquisition and Rehabilitation Program.
New sidewalks installed
The city constructed 4.5 miles of new sidewalk at a cost of $741,500, and
repaired 5.2 miles of sidewalk at a cost of $1.02 million.