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A brief history of the Riverwalk:

History 

1975 - Riverwalk project conceived by Mayor Bill Poe in 1975 as

                      a bi-centennial event 

1976 - Waterfront walkway of wooden planks installed in the

                      Curtis Hixon Park area 

1989 - CNBC Plaza (Rivergate Tower) and ramp constructed

1989 - Wooden planks replaced with granite pavers

2000 - Marriott Waterside Hotel opened  

2003 - Cotanchobee Ft Brooke Park opened

2005 - MacDill Park opened

2006 - Phase I Master Plan completed 

2006 - USF Park opened

2008 - Platt Street Bridge Underpass opened

2009 - Tampa Convention Center, Cotanchobee/Ft Brooke Park

                      extension, South Plaza completed

2010 - Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park opened; Cass Street crosswalk

                      enhancement completed

2012/13 - Brorein Street Underpass, Brownstone, CapTrust and TCC

                      connector completed

       2014 - Water Works Park completed

       2015 - Kennedy Boulevard Plaza - 1460 feet over water completed – Funded by

                    TIGER Grant

2016 - Straz Center to Water Works Park - Funded by TIGER Grant

 

 

History of Friends of the Riverwalk, Inc.

 

Incorporated as a Florida Not-For-Profit entity on July 7, 2005

Given 501(c)(3) status effective July 7, 2005

Raised over $2,778,000 cash and in-kind

Transferred over $1,350,000 directly to the city to fund design and

     construction activity

 

 

 

Projects include:

     Riverwalk Master Planning and Design Contracts - $183,000

     Brownstone Segment Design and Construction - $220,000

     CapTrust Segment Construction - $320,000

     History Center Dock Survey, Permitting and Design - $86,000

     History Center Dock Construction and Engineering Support - $40,000

     Convention Center Connector Construction - $58.000

     Riverwalk Portal - $146,000

     Shade Structure Design - $9,500

     Donor Wall Design and Construction - $60,000

     TIGER Matching Funds - $225,000

 

Paid $75,000 for Promotion and Other Amenities:

     Riverwalk Promotional Fly-over Video

     Legal Fees for Forum Land Transfer at South Plaza

     Planters Along the Convention Center

     Granite for "Quotes on the Water" on Brownstone Segment

     Railing Gate for Large Vessel Docking at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

 

Historical Monument Trail - Cash, Grants and In-kind - $628,000

     Six Monuments Installed, 2012

     Six Monuments Installed, 2013

     Six Monuments Installed, 2014

     Process Commenced for Large Historical, Artistic Monuments in Parks

 

Event Activity Along the Riverwalk

     FreedomFest in Cotanchobee Park - 2010

     Two Unveilings Annually in 2012 and 2013 for Historic Monument Trail

     Chili Cookoff in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in 2012 and 2013

     Burger Showdown in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in 2012 and 2013

     Mayor's Mac & Cheese Throwdown in 2014

     "The Plank" Tampa's First Waterfront Pop-Up Bar in 2014

     RiverFest and the 2nd Annual Mayor's Mac & Cheese Throwdown in 2015

 

     RiverFest and the 3rd Annual Mayor's Mac & Cheese Throwdown in 2016

 

     "The Plank" Tampa's Waterfront Pop-Up Bar in 2016

 

     Trick or Treat on the Riverwalk in 2016