F. E. Lykes Foundation Donates signature red benches and shade structures to Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.

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The F.E. Lykes Foundation and Norma Gene Lykes are helping to add a splash of color and comfort to the newly renovated Julian B Lane Riverfront Park. The Foundation recently donated $50,000 to provide five of their signature red benches along the Live Oak Allée that separates the multiuse sport field from the Splash Pad and Play Cove. The Foundation’s donation will also provide three new shade structures around the park. The shade structures will be installed later this month and will provide comfort for parents and children alike.


Founded in 1974 as an independent family foundation focused on charitable giving primarily in the Tampa Bay area, the F.E. Lykes Foundation has been responsible for improvements to on several city parks, providing more splash pad play areas, seating, shade trees, landscaping and recreational options. Additionally, they have supported public art projects, music and festivals, and our new Performing Arts in Motion ArtReach program that to date has helped introduce 270 inner city teens to Theatre and Performing Arts opportunities. “Public spaces reflect the way a city feels about itself.” – Norma Gene Lykes

“The Lykes Foundation has always been a very generous partner for our city,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “And in true form, Norma Gene extended an offer to be a part of Tampa’s newest park. These benches and shade structures are an integral part of making Riverfront Park a park for everyone to enjoy.”

The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department extremely proud of our partnership with the F.E. Lykes Foundation and we look forward to working with the foundation to provide more exciting recreational opportunities throughout the City of Tampa.

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