May 24, 2019 - 12:30pm

City of Tampa Department of Parks and Recreation Host Stay & Play for the Fifth Year

Returning this summer, starting May 31st, select recreation centers around the City of Tampa will hold extended hours. These extended hours will provide teens with free Rec Cards, which allows access to these recreation centers, different programs to participate in, and a variety of educational events. Since the inception of our Stay & Play Program, over 250,000 teens have visited our various centers and pools.  Stay & Play aims to provide teens a place to be active, safe, and healthy. Food will be provided for free as well as transportation home when available from the Parks and Recreation Department.  Thank you to our contributors, Friends of Recreation, Chick-Fil-A and Westshore Pizza.

 

Our Stay and Play program provides a broad range of programs dedicated to helping young adults uncover real-life skills needed to achieve great success, and enjoying classes and activities such as: Computer coding classes,  Teen  inter-mural sports, Athletic training/ leagues, Fun Fridays, Music production classes, Anger management classes, and many more. Our valued community partners are Friends of Tampa  Recreation, Safe and Sound of Hillsborough County, Computer Mentors, Derrick Brooks Charities, East Tampa initiate,  Professional Mentor and Mentees, Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Men of Tomorrow, and a host of other agencies  committed  to empowering our youth of tomorrow.

 

The locations participating in Stay & Play this summer that will remain open until midnight, 7 days a week are:

  • Copeland Community Center (Pool remains open until 8PM on select days)
  • Cyrus Greene Community Center (Pool remains open until 8PM on select days)
  • Desoto Community Center (Spicola pool will remain open until 8PM Monday – Thursday & 10PM on Friday and Saturday)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center (Pool remains open until 8PM on select days)
  • Grant Park Activity Center
  • Gwendolyn Miller Community Center
  • Jackson Heights Community Center
  • Springhill Community Center
  • Williams Park Pool will remain open until 8PM,  Monday – Thursday & 10PM on Friday and Saturday

 

Other events that will be held during Stay & Play are:

  • Skating Field Trip
  • Teen Court
  • Anti-Bullying Lectures
  • Speakers including former and current athletes, TPD, local businesses, Fire Department, and Parks and Recreational Staff
  • Fashion Shows
  • Athletic Events
  • End of Summer Party
  • Recording Studio
  • Future Leaders Training which includes resume preparation, interviewing skills, and educational opportunities

We encourage others to join us in participating in what is sure to be another successful year of Stay & Play. If interested in volunteering please contact the Parks and Recreational Department or visit one of the participating Stay & Play sites for further information. 

 

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Media Contact:

Ashley Bauman, Marketing & Communications Director

(813) 274-8262

Ashley.Bauman@tampagov.net

May 24, 2019 - 8:45am

City of Tampa Traffic Advisory for the Tampa Bay Margarita and Music Festival – May 25, 2019

Traffic is expected to be heavier than normal in and around Downtown Tampa on Saturday due to the Tampa Bay Margarita and Music Festival at the Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. Drivers and pedestrians alike are advised to allow for extra travel time and to travel through the area with caution.

The festival hours are from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

STREET CLOSURE SCHEDULE:

Saturday, May 25, 2019                   10:30 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.

N Boulevard – street closure - between W Cypress Street and W Laurel Street

The Tampa Police Department would like to remind all participants to report suspicious activity. If you see something, say something. No tip is too small. Report anything suspicious to the nearest police officer or submit an anonymous tip using the TPD mobile app available on iPhones and Androids.

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For additional information, please contact:

Traffic Management Center, Smart Mobility Division

Department of Transportation and Stormwater Services

(813)274-7358; TrafficManagement@tampagov.net

 

May 24, 2019 - 8:00am

Lane Closure on North Himes Avenue Between West Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and West Osborne Avenue

Beginning at 9 a.m. today, Friday, May 24, the outside northbound lane on North Himes Avenue will be closed between West Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and West Osborne Avenue while the Tampa Water Department performs work on the water distribution system. Barricades and signs will be located in the area to assist with traffic flow. Please use caution when driving in the area. Modifications may be necessary during the course of the work.

 

The completion of the work with a return to normal traffic patterns is expected by 8 p.m. this evening. The Tampa Water Department may need to return at a later date to complete additional work. An update will be provided at that time. Work schedules are contingent upon weather conditions. The staff and crews of the Tampa Water Department appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

 

See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures.

 

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May 23, 2019 - 6:00pm

Temporary Lane Closure N Highland Avenue to begin May 29, 2019 for Utility Maintenance

A portion of N Highland Avenue between W Osborne Avenue and W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will closed daily from 9 am to 4 pm beginning on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, for utility maintenance.  A City contractor will be cleaning and relining sewer lines in N Highland Avenue between W Emma Street and E Chelsea Street.  Two (2) southbound lanes on N Highland Avenue between W Cayuga Street and W Chelsea Street will close at 9 am beginning on May 29, 2019.

All lanes on N Highland Avenue between W Cayuga Street and W Chelsea Street will be open by 4 pm on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, weather permitting. 

The City recommends using alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.  Southbound motorists can use North Boulevard between W Osborne Avenue and W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in lieu of N Highland Avenue.

Trucks should use N Nebraska Avenue between E Hillsborough Avenue and W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in lieu of N Highland Avenue.

 

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See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

For additional information, please contact:

Albert Calloway, Construction Engineer

City of Tampa Contract Administration / Construction Management

(813) 635-3400; albert.calloway@tampagov.net

May 23, 2019 - 6:00pm

Temporary Lane Closures on Channelside Drive to begin May 31, 2019 for Utility Construction

A portion of Channelside Drive between S Florida Avenue and S Meridian Avenue will close daily from 9 am to 4 pm beginning on Friday, May 31, 2019 for utility construction.  A private utility contractor will perform vacuum excavations in 2 phases to locate chilled water lines on Channelside Drive between S Florida Avenue and S Jefferson Street and on Channelside Drive between S Meridian Avenue and S Nebraska Avenue. 

In Phase 1, one (1) eastbound lane on Channelside Drive between S Florida Avenue and S Jefferson Street will close at 9 am beginning on May 31, 2019.  Two (2) lanes of eastbound traffic on Channelside Drive between S Florida Avenue and S Jefferson Street will be maintained at all times during construction, with delays. 

In Phase 2, one (1) westbound lane on Channelside Drive between S Meridian Avenue and S Nebraska Avenue will close at 9 am beginning on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.  One (1) lane of westbound traffic on Channelside Drive between S Meridian Avenue and S Nebraska Avenue will be maintained at all times during construction, with delays. 

Sidewalks within the work areas will be closed during construction.  Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times via signage to other sidewalks in the area.

All lanes on Channelside Drive between S Florida Avenue and S Meridian Avenue will be open by 4 pm on Friday, June 7, 2019, weather permitting. 

The City recommends using alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.

Road Closure

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See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

For additional information, please contact:

Catherine M. Coyle, Planning & Urban Design Manager

City of Tampa, Planning & Development

(813) 274-3100, Option 4: Catherine.coyle@tampagov.net

May 23, 2019 - 6:00pm

Temporary Lane Closures on W Platt Street to begin June 3, 2019 for Utility Construction

A portion of W Platt Street between South Boulevard and Bayshore Boulevard will close daily from 9 am to 3 pm beginning on Monday, June 3, 2019 for utility construction.  A utility contractor will be installing a new utility pole and associated equipment for a small wireless facility on the north side of W Platt Street between S Plant Avenue and S Parker Street. One lane on W Platt Street between S Magnolia Avenue and S Parker Street will close at 9 am beginning on June 3, 2019.  This construction work will be completed in 2 phases.

 

In Phase 1, one (1) lane of traffic on W Platt Street between S Magnolia Avenue and S Parker Street will be maintained at all times during construction, with delays.

 

The sidewalk on the north side of W Platt Street between S Plant Avenue and S Parker Street will be closed during construction.  Pedestrians will be detoured to other sidewalks in the area with signage.

 

It is anticipated that all lanes on W Platt Street between S Magnolia Avenue and S Parker Street will be open by 3 pm on Thursday, June 6, 2019, weather permitting.

 

Phase 2 construction will be performed at a later date.

 

The City of Tampa recommends that motorists use alternative routes to avoid congestion.

 

Road Closure

 

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See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

For additional information, please contact:

Catherine M. Coyle, Planning & Urban Design Manager

City of Tampa Planning & Development Department

(813) 274-3100, Option 4; catherine.coyle@tampagov.net

May 23, 2019 - 5:45pm

Temporary Lane Closures on Bayshore Boulevard and E Brorein Street to begin May 29, 2019 for Utility Construction

A portion of Bayshore Boulevard between E Brorein Street and W Platt Street and E Brorein Street between S Tampa Street and Bayshore Boulevard will close daily beginning on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 for utility construction.  A utility contractor will be installing a new utility pole and associated equipment for a small wireless facility on the east side of Bayshore Boulevard between E Brorein Street and W Cardy Street.  This construction work will be completed in 2 phases.

 

In Phase 1, one (1) southbound lane on Bayshore Boulevard between E Brorein Street and W Platt Street and one (1) westbound lane on E Brorein Street between S Tampa Street and Bayshore Boulevard will close daily from 9 am to 3 pm beginning on May 29, 2019. 

 

One (1) southbound lane on Bayshore Boulevard between E Brorein Street and W Platt Street and three (3) westbound lanes on E Brorein Street between S Tampa Street and Bayshore Boulevard will be maintained at all times during construction, with delays.

 

All lanes on Bayshore Boulevard and E Brorein Street will reopen to traffic by 3 pm on Saturday, June 1, 2019, weather permitting.

 

Phase 2 construction will be performed at a later date.

 

The City of Tampa recommends that motorists use alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion.  

 

A hi-resolution map with the City of Tampa’s suggested alternate routes can be found embedded below.

 

Road Closure

 

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See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

For additional information, please contact:

Catherine M. Coyle, Planning & Urban Design Manager

City of Tampa Planning & Development Department

(813) 274-3100, Option 4; catherine.coyle@tampagov.net

May 23, 2019 - 5:45pm

Temporary Lane Closure W Sligh Avenue to begin May 29, 2019 for Utility Maintenance

A portion of W Sligh Avenue between North Boulevard and N Florida Avenue will close daily from 9 am to 4 pm beginning on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, for utility maintenance.  A City contractor will be cleaning and relining sewer lines on W Sligh Avenue between N River Boulevard and N Highland Avenue.  One (1) eastbound lane on W Sligh Avenue between N River Boulevard and N Highland Avenue will be close at 9 am beginning on May 29, 2019.

 

One (1) lane of eastbound traffic will be maintained on the south side of W Sligh Avenue at all times during construction, with delays.

 

N Highland Avenue between W Sligh Avenue and E Flora Street will also be closed during construction.

 

All lanes on W Sligh Avenue and N Highland Avenue will be open to traffic by 4 pm on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, weather permitting.

 

The City of Tampa recommends that motorists use alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion. 

 

Motorists can use W Waters Avenue between North Boulevard and N Florida Avenue in lieu of W Sligh Avenue.

 

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See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures

For additional information, please contact:

Albert Calloway, Construction Engineer

City of Tampa Contract Administration / Construction Management

(813) 635-3400; albert.calloway@tampagov.net

May 22, 2019 - 5:00pm

Media Alert: Bike to Work Ride & Rally

THURSDAY MAY 23, 2019
MEET-UP: 7:10am and 7:25am 
RALLY: 7:50am, Lykes Gaslight Square Park
PRESS CONFERENCE: 8:00am (awarding Bicycle Friendly Businesses)
 
Join up with one of the groups biking into work or meet us at Lykes Gaslight Park.
 
Interviews available:
  • Karen Kress, Director of Transportation and Planning, Tampa Downtown Partnership
  • Mayor Jane Castor, City of Tampa
  • Bill Mckishnee, Florida Department of Transportation
  • Certified Bicycle Friendly Business Representatives
  • Participants and local leaders
Celebrate National Bike Month in Tampa's Downtown on May 23, 2019


MEDIA CONTACT:

Karen Kress, AICP

May 22, 2019 - 11:45am

Lane Closures and Rerouting on Maydell Drive Between Langston Drive and 12th Avenue South

Both northbound and southbound lanes on Maydell Drive are closed between Langston Drive and 12th Avenue South while the Tampa Water Department performs work on the water distribution system. Barricades and signs are located in the area to assist with rerouting and traffic flow. Please consider alternate routes and use caution when driving in the area. Modifications may be necessary during the course of the work.

 

The completion of the work with a return to normal traffic patterns is expected by 5 p.m. Friday, May 24th. Work schedules are contingent upon weather conditions. The staff and crews of the Tampa Water Department appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

 

See all road closures at www.tampagov.net/RoadClosures.

For additional information, contact:

Elias Franco, Water Distribution & Consumer Services Manager 

Office: (813) 274-8335

Cell: (813) 352-3607

Fax: (813) 274-7435

Elias.Franco@TampaGov.net