The City of Tampa can be a wonderful place. In my opinion, gorgeous green space is imperative to a flourishing city, and the communities within. Some of the more known parks like Curtis Hixon and Julian B Lane Riverfront have evolved into some of the most prominent gathering and event spaces in the entire city.
I’m happy to see that Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is also giving parks beyond the downtown area some much deserved love.
Improving Fair Oaks Park
Fair Oaks Park in East Tampa has long been in disrepair. On January 24, the city of Tampa announced that capital improvements resources would be allocated to help restore Fair Oaks Park.
The park currently features a community center, a baseball field, a computer lab, play courts, and a playground.
“I want to make sure the sun shines on all of our Tampa neighborhoods, and in all of our parks,” says Mayor Jane Castor “Fair Oaks Park has been on the backburner for far too long, and now it’s time we change that. My hope is that together we can restore Fair Oaks Park into a place where our kids want to play, and where the East Tampa community can create new memories for generations to come.”
Looking ahead to the Parks & Rec master plan
This announcement comes just ahead of the new Tampa Parks & Recreation Master Plan rollout in efforts to prioritize the repairs. To get started, Mayor Castor has instructed City Staff to assess the neighborhood’s needs and identify which park improvements will create the biggest impact. She also plans to work with the East Tampa CRA in hopes that they will support the park’s restoration by matching city funds.
The Tampa Bay Times reported back in November 2019 that City Council had agreed to put a down payment of up to $200,000 to fix up the Fair Oaks Park Community Center.
Fair Oaks Park is located at 5021 N 34th Street.
What other parks would like to see improved in Tampa?