The City of Tampa‘s urban parks provide benefits that include celebrating our culture, promoting health and wellness, spurring economic growth, and keeping the community safe. Going above and beyond, the Tampa Parks & Recreation Department offered free daycare services to our community when our public schools were closed during recent hurricanes Hermine and Matthew.
In September, Mayor Bob Buckhorn was honored at APA Florida’s Annual Conference in Tampa as the 2016 Outstanding Local Public Official. In a recent APA blog, he explains his conscious effort to invest in parks to build healthier, safer, stronger, and more inclusive neighborhoods. Last week at the National Recreation and Park Association (NPRA) 2016 Best of the Best Ceremony, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department was awarded for 2016 Excellence in Innovative Programming. The award highlighted two of NRPA’s three pillars of impacting communities, Tree-Mendous Tampa Free Tree Program (Conservation) and Tampa’s Stay & Play Program (Social Equity).