Tampa Riverwalk nominated for Best Riverwalk in America

Shot from inside a tunnel along a waterfront stretch of sidewalk
Photo via Friends of Tampa Riverwalk

Voting is now open for Best Riverwalk in the US, and of course the Tampa Riverwalk is in the running. Our beautiful Riverwalk is set to expand over the next three years, so its notoriety is only going to grow. Other nominees include Louisville’s Waterfront Park, Smale Riverfront Park in Ohio, The Canal Walk in Indiana, the San Antonio River Walk, among other prestigious pedestrian havens.

Here’s what USA Today has to say about our waterfront trail: “The Tampa Riverwalk was created to connect the businesses, parks and museums along the riverfront in Tampa, Florida. It also serves as a central spot for performances, art, leisure and fitness activities. At 2.6 miles long, there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy along the way, from restaurants to museums, not to mention the scenery.”

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Voting is open through February 6, so make sure to show our Tampa landmark some serious love. It will be all the hype we need as we prepare for Riverfest this May.

Tampa Riverwalk receives national acclaim

Tampa City Council executed an agreement back in July 2022 with the U.S. Department of Transportation to take a $24 million grant from 2020 that will extend Tampa’s iconic Riverwalk.

An RFP (request for proposal) for this expansion should be put out very soon. Contracts will not only be bid out for design-build and administrative consulting services but also for new green infrastructure in the form of resilient shorelines.

If all goes according to plan, then the project could be completed by December 2026. The Riverwalk Extension will provide a major boost to West Tampa, and North Hyde Park.

Expanding the Riverwalk system

Officials have stated that the Tampa Riverwalk Project begins at Platt Street and Bayshore Boulevard, across the Publix (243 Bayshore Boulevard). The system then proceeds under the Brorein Street Bridge, moves along the Hillsborough River and connects to the University Tampa.

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This new system is also expected to connect with the new Rome Yard Development. The mixed-use redevelopment will include 17,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, a job training center, and over 30,000 sq. ft. of amenity spaces.

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