Tampa’s New ‘Water Works Park’ Now Open

Mayor of Tampa, Bob Buckhorn announced that the proposed Water Works Park’s opening celebration will be held on August 16, 2014. The park however, will open  August 12, 2014. The opening celebration will include fireworks, food trucks, live entertainment, and children’s activities.

waterworksThe project was proposed for the 5-acre park at 1710 N Highland Ave. near the historic Tampa Armature Works warehouse. The park features an 8,500-square-foot dog park, Riverwalk, splash playground with a giant water bucket for kids, an overlook shaped like a ship’s bow, freshwater spring flowing through the Hillsborough River. The freshwater spring was intended to flow into a large basin for native fish and manatees.

The development of Water Works Park was described by Mayor Buckhorn to be “transformative” for Tampa. The park will be a metamorphosis for the city’s development. The park will form an integral part of the city’s map, signifying a place that provides entertainment and family activities.

The project will also include a kayak launch, eight boat slips, and a water taxi stop, after acquiring the required permits, of course. The park will also organize art shows and food festivals. The event pavilion, complete with a stage, will be built so the audience can enjoy the view of Tampa’s skyline in the background. The playground will also comprise of rope climbs and other obstacles, to give the appearance of an old ship and its rigging.

The opening ceremony will be held at 5:00 pm on August 16, with fireworks beginning at 9:00 pm.