Outreach Begins on Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park Master Plan - City of Tampa, Design Team Seek Community Input

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The City of Tampa and design team, led by Denver-based firm Civitas, Inc., is asking for the community's assistance to reimagine Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.

"The reshaping of Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park is the first step in revitalizing the West River area and will build on our efforts of centering our city around the Hillsborough River," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "The community's ideas and input will determine what the park will become and will help us bring their vision into reality."

The first community planning meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Blake High School, located at 1701 North Boulevard. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Throughout the summer, in addition to a series of community meetings, the team will host one-on-one conversations with stakeholders. In order to maximize the project’s accessibility, a digital forum for discussion and sharing of ideas will also be set up at invisiontampa.com.

Previously, as part of the InVision Tampa Center City plan, Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park was identified as a public space in need of reshaping into a program-driven park with both active and passive uses for the community. In addition the design team will look out how to improve access to the park from both N. Boulevard and Laurel St., with potential realignment of Laurel St. to run more parallel to I-275, adding additional acreage to the park space.

With the help of thousands of community members, InVision Tampa created the Center City plan as a blueprint for redevelopment, improved quality of life, and economic prosperity in downtown Tampa and its adjacent communities including the West River area. The City of Tampa remains committed to implementing the goals and opportunities outlined in the Center City plan.