Renovations Underway Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

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Great Lawn closes for drainage improvements

Tampa, Fla. (August 11, 2015) – Portions of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa will temporarily close for repairs and renovations today, August 11, 2015. The park will fully reopen by October 1, 2015.

Throughout construction, the dog park, children’s playground, and terraces will remain open. The Great Lawn and paver walkways will be impacted.

“Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park has become akin to Tampa’s town square. Between events, the completion of the Tampa Riverwalk, and the cultural amenities surrounding it, the park is immensely popular, bringing thousands into our urban core and to our riverfront,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “These repairs and improvements are needed to make sure everyone experiences the park – and by extension our city - at its best.”

The current phase of work will improve drainage of the park site and stabilize paver surfaces.

Existing drainage structures will be modified, and new structures will be added in order to improve drainage in various locations including landscape planters, playground, pavement, and lawn areas. The center Great Lawn walkway will get new ‘drivable’ pavers with an improved base to help stabilize the walkway and better accommodate vehicular circulation during special events.  A stamped concrete staging area at the west end of the park will also be built to better accommodate large stage structures erected for concerts and events.

In total, the City of Tampa will invest $2.1 million in repairs and improvements to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park between this year and next, with funding coming from Community Investment Tax. Approximately $1 million has already been spent to repair the existing drainage system.  Currently, the Louver Fountain near Ashley Drive is being serviced after a pump failure and is scheduled to reopen within two weeks, barring inclement weather.  In FY 2016, additional repairs to the park are slated to begin, including addressing the lighting and electrical.

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park hosts more than 50 events per year, bringing more than 250,000 people into downtown Tampa.

For additional information, please contact:
Ali Glisson, Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262