September 28, 2013 was a full day of celebration as the Green ARTery encouraged everyone to get out and explore Tampa’s green spaces and trails. Mayor Bob Buckhorn opened the day at Fair Oaks Community Center for a fun morning of biking, walking, stroller-pushing, skateboarding children’s bike rodeo, bike safety / WalkWise clinics, bike helmet raffles, games, info booths and gifts. A special route for wheelchairs and the physically challenged was provided. Group walks were also organized at the Sulphur Springs Pool, Riverside Park and Desoto Park.
An evening celebration dinner followed at the Seminole Heights Garden Center where 90 people gathered for dinner, reminiscing and a special guest speaker – Ryan Gravel, Atlanta Beltline Senior Designer shared a brief history of that city’s reuse of a 22-mile historic railroad corridor for pedestrian friendly rail transit and multi-use trails connecting 45 city neighborhoods directly and without automobile traffic.