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Manhattan Avenue Segment Of Friendship Trail Opens, Tampa

The Manhattan Avenue Segment of the Friendship Trail Project in Tampa is now open.

Part of the City of Tampa's South Tampa Greenway, a 15.8-mile trail linking Bayshore Boulevard to the Gandy Bridge and Picnic Island, the one-mile segment runs along the east side of South Manhattan Avenue at Interbay Boulevard, allowing pedestrians to cross just south of West Iowa Avenue.

Residents can now walk or ride along the west side of South Manhattan Avenue to Legacy Park Drive.

“We're always looking for opportunities to implement segments of the Greenways and Trails Master Plan,” says Brad Suder of the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department. “We found one here with this project by continuing our partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).”

Designed by Volkert & Associates, the multiuse asphalt trail, which opened Feb. 29, provides connectivity to Robinson High School and Bobby Hicks Park and Pool. In addition, 82 Florida-friendly trees were installed along the trail, totaling a project cost of $500,000 funded by the FDOT.

“Future projects include segments in east Tampa with the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway Authority and west Tampa with the FDOT,” Suder says. “The Parks and Recreation Department is currently planning to construct additional trail segments in Tampa Heights and New Tampa.”

Writer: Alexis Quinn Chamberlain
Source: Brad Suder, City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department
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