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Tampa Adds Park, More Trail In Channel District

The city of Tampa is working to complete two more recreational projects for downtown Tampa's Channel district: a small park and a trail that leads from Channelside to Davis Islands.

"We've worked hard to increase recreational programs and parks of quality for Tampa's residents," says Mayor Pam Iorio. "The new park will provide additional green space in downtown and the trail just expands the recreational opportunities for pedestrians and cyclists."

The new half-acre Channel District park, designed by WilsonMiller Stantec, includes decorative walks, landscaping and other amenities, including an area for dogs. The project, which will cost approximately $815,000, is funded with property taxes collected within the Channel District Community Redevelopment Area.

New Vista Builders Group of Brandon is building the park, which is anticipated to be completed by the end of October 2011.

The Davis Island Trail begins at Channel Drive and covers 1.3 miles. After crossing Davis Boulevard, the trail will weave along the sea wall, providing a view of the waterfront and seaplane basin. Its 10-foot-wide asphalt construction is suitable for walkers, joggers, bicyclists and skaters. The project includes pedestrian crosswalks, signs, benches, drinking fountains, bike racks and plenty of scenery.

Tampa General Hospital donated $1 million toward the cost of the trail in 2007. With the completion of this new section of trail, The Ross J. Ferlita Greenways & Trails System now has 90 miles of trails located throughout the city of Tampa. The trail opened on March 15, 2011.

Source: Mayor Pam Iorio, City of Tampa
Writer: Missy Kavanaugh

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