Buckhorn Opens Trail in South Tampa

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Mayor Buckhorn will officially open the Manhattan Avenue Segment of the Friendship Trail Project on tomorrow, February 29, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at 4201 West Mango Street.

“Creating pedestrian pathways like the Friendship Trail connects homes with work, residents with retail, and our neighborhoods with schools," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "It also encourages other modes of transportation like walking and biking, and will help to make Tampa more pedestrian friendly.”

The Manhattan Avenue Segment of the Friendship Trail Project is part of the City of Tampa's South Tampa Greenway, which is a planned 15.8-mile trail linking Bayshore Boulevard to the Gandy Bridge and to Picnic Island. The new, one-mile segment is an asphalt multi-use trail that runs along the east side of South Manhattan Avenue at Interbay Boulevard. A pedestrian crossing just south of West Iowa Avenue allows users to ride along the west side of South Manhattan Avenue up to Legacy Park Drive, just south of West Tyson Avenue. Additionally, 82 Florida-friendly trees were added along the trial to create a future-shaded walkway for the neighborhoods to enjoy.

The trail was designed by Volkert & Associates in accordance with Florida Department of Transportation standards. The construction contract was awarded to Civil Site Constructors, Inc. The total project cost was $500,000 and was funded through the Florida Department of Transportation.

For more information, please contact Chief of Staff Santiago Corrada at (813) 274-7360 or by email at santiago.corrada@tampagov.net.