MEDIA ADVISORY: Tampa Mayors to Cut Ribbon on Kennedy Segment of Tampa Riverwalk - Public invited to celebrate grand opening

03/24/15
WHAT:

Mayor Bob Buckhorn will join Tampa’s former mayors as well as Congresswoman Kathy Castor and U.S. Department of Transportation Under Secretary for Policy Peter Rogoff to cut the ribbon and celebrate the grand opening of the Kennedy Segment of the Tampa Riverwalk.

The public is invited to the ribbon cutting as well as celebrate with festivities along the riverfront lasting throughout the evening. Following the formal ribbon cutting ceremony, children of all ages are invited to stroll the Tampa Riverwalk before enjoying a special screening of “Dolphin Tale,” which will begin at 8 p.m. in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Food truck vendors and other entertainment, including special guests from Lowry Park Zoo and Florida Aquarium, will also be onsite. Blue Bell Ice Cream will be serve free cups of hand-dipped ice cream, including its signature Homemade Vanilla flavor. “The Plank,” Tampa’s first waterfront pop-up bar, will also open along the Riverwalk.

The total project cost for the Kennedy segment is $9.2 million, which was partially paid for by a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) IV grant awarded to the City of Tampa in June 2012 by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The TIGER grant will also go toward construction of the Doyle Carlton Segment of the Tampa Riverwalk as well as the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority Selmon Greenway.

WHO:

Mayor Bob Buckhorn
Under Secretary Peter Rogoff, U.S. Department of Transportation
Congresswoman Kathy Castor
Mayor Pam Iorio
Mayor Dick Greco
Mayor Sandy Freedman
Governor Bob Martinez

WHEN:

Friday, March 27, 2015
5 p.m. – Ribbon Cutting
6 p.m. – Activities and entertainment, including “The Plank” open
8 p.m. – Start of “Dolphin Tale”

WHERE:

North Plaza of Kennedy Segment of the Tampa Riverwalk
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park entrance
600 North Ashley Driv

MEDIA PARKING:Live truck parking will be available on the Twiggs Street turnaround. All other media should park along W. Gasparilla Plaza, the street between Poe Parking Garage and the Tampa Museum of Art.
CONTACT:

Ali Glisson, Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262
ali.glisson@tampagov.net

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