Mayor Buckhorn Reopens Ballast Point Park

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Mayor Bob Buckhorn will officially reopen Ballast Point Park at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

"Ballast Point Park has been an integral part of our community for over 100 years. It’s a popular because it has something for everyone -- from the fishing pier to the expanded wellness center and new splash pad," said Mayor Buckhorn.

The City of Tampa matched a portion of the funds raised by the Ballast Point community for a tot lot, a playground specifically designed for children under 5 years of age.

Additionally, the improvements added to the park include a great circular lawn, splash pad, four new prefabricated picnic shelters, benches, and grills. The project also included a sail structure to cover the existing playground, eight additional parking spaces, a new patio at the existing Joe Abrahams Wellness Center, and Florida friendly landscape and irrigation.

Construction started in December. The project was funded the Community Investment Tax bond and cost $995,602. The improvements were designed by Hardeman-Kempton & Associates.

Ballast Point Park was developed as a tropical park in 1894 to serve as a terminal for an electric trolley-car line at the south end of Bayshore Boulevard. It was originally called Jules Verne Park after French writer Jules Verne who in his novel "From the Earth to the Moon" fired a cannon from "Tampa town," Florida to the moon.