Tampa’s now iconic River Walk is still expanding. The latest construction connects from Waterworks park, under I-275, and continuing behind the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, linking with the existing stretch along Curtis Hixon Park. There are exciting plans to renovate the exterior of the Straz Center that intend to take full advantage of this new section of the Riverwalk.
Plans call for an event pavilion that will seat up to 800 people, an iconic over-the-water structure, a grand terrace, and a restaurant and cafe with terrace seating. There will also be docks for the city’s new water taxis. This work at the Straz is estimated at $100 million, with the bulk coming from private donations and grants. This project will make the center and north downtown even more exciting and enhance Tampa’s downtown image as a recreational, entertainment destination.
Adding to the amazing riverfront renovations are the new plans for more residential developments along the Riverwalk. Any investment to enhance the experience acts a catalyst for more growth and activity in our ever-expanding downtown. The idea for the Riverwalk was initiated 40 years ago, and it took the commitment of six mayors to make it happen. This wonderful public amenity underscores the importance of investing in a community’s future.