Tampa's $35 million park taking shape

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Tampa's new Julian B. Lane Riverfront is taking shape on the west bank of the Hillsborough River.

 

It features an all-glass River Center building for special events, a boat house, a splash pad,  two dog parks, basketball and tennis courts and a football field. It covers 24 acres along the river and its costing $35 million dollars, the largest park project ever in the city.

 

$15 million dollars of the cost is from the BP Oil Spill settlement with much of the remaining cost funded by the Community Investment Tax. Mayor Bob Buckhorn says the project is a bit behind schedule because of unstable earth where some pilings had to be repositioned.

 

Buckhorn says the park will be open for Mother's Day. He says the park will be a catalyst for improving the neighborhoods around it.

 

"This is the beginning of the transformation of the west side of the Hillsborough River," says Buckhorn. "It's  expensive,  we all acknowlege that,  but for generations to come the citizens here can take a lot of pride in it."

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