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Riverwalk’s West Tampa extension will transform it into a 12.2-mile multi-use pathway

rendering of a riverwalk with multiple people walking
Rendering via City of Tampa (FB)

The Tampa Riverwalk is a beloved fixture in the community. This 2.6-mile pedestrian path runs from Armature Works in the Heights District to Sparkman Wharf and Water Street Tampa. Along the waterfront stretch you’ll find hot spots such as Water Works Park, Straz Center, Curtis Hixon Park, and The Sail Pavilion. A West Tampa Riverwalk extension is in the works and will “transform West Tampa,” according to City of Tampa officials.

The City of Tampa is finalizing a multi-use trail along both sides of the Hillsborough River, backed by various funding sources. Key unfinished segments on the river’s west side include Tony Jannus Park, Plant Park, and the University of Tampa, among others. Over-water crossings beneath several bridges and additional improvements like new pavement, guard rails, lighting, and landscaping are planned to ensure safe and continuous passage.

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a map of a riverwalk extension

Bicycle and pedestrian friendly enhancements in the city of Tampa

Once completed, this trail will offer a scenic and secure route for pedestrians and cyclists, enhancing connectivity and recreational opportunities along the river. A primary goal of the project is to provide safe walk/bike connections to Downtown Tampa from adjacent neighborhoods, including North Franklin Street/”Yellow Brick Row”, Hyde Park, North Hyde Park, West Tampa, Riverside Heights, Bowman Heights, and Ridgewood Park. 

This project is currently in the procurement phase. The entire West River extension is expected to be complete by 2027. You can find more project updates on the City of Tampa’s website.

rendering of a living shoreline project
Rendering via City of Tampa (FB)

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