40 Years of Planning by 6 Tampa Mayors Equals “Game Changer” for Tampa’s Urban Experience: The Riverwalk
Tampa’s Riverwalk is probably the single coolest outdoor attraction that can be found downtown (map). Once completed, the pedestrian-friendly trail will span over two uninterrupted miles of waterfront along the eastern side of the Hillsborough River. It connects the Channelside District to the Arts District and includes many popular sites along the way, such as: Water Works Park, Curtis Hixon Park, MacDill Park, Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, the History Center, the Straz Center, the Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Children’s Museum, Rivergate Tower and adjacent atrium containing the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. Because of this, the Riverwalk can accurately be described as dynamic, cultural, family oriented, and vibrant.
Not only does Tampa’s Riverwalk attract families, joggers, cyclists, and art enthusiasts, it’s also attracting business. At the groundbreaking for the final phase known as the Kennedy Segment, Mayor Bob Buckhorn who spearheaded the funding of this phase had this to say: “This is a game changer…we will not recognize this downtown in 10 years.” He speculated further that the Riverwalk would not be the end but the center of Tampa’s urban experience in the coming years.
For many young professionals moving back to the urban core factors like walkability and livability are extremely high on their list of must-haves for their new homes in Tampa Bay.
“Young people they come at night and want to come downtown,” said former mayor Pam Iorio, “What do you want to do after you’ve eaten? You want to take a walk along the river, right? This is the kind of thing that makes for a great downtown.”
As an urban infill new home builder, we at Domain Homes couldn’t be more excited about the progress of Tampa’s Riverwalk. We are eager to begin our first round of new homes in Tampa Heights and Seminole Heights that will start in the high $200s near the Riverwalk and Water Works Park. Our home plans are designed specifically to meet the demands of smart, aspirational home buyers and our Design Selections Center in South Tampa is loaded with options for them to truly design the domain of their dreams without breaking the bank. To find the right home right where you want to be, call (813) 413-4154 and speak with one of our new homes specialists.
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