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    Tampa's Riverwalk Nears Completion

    Conceived in 1975 as part of bi-centennial events, The Tampa Riverwalk project is nearing completion. Once completed the walkway will allow locals and tourists to walk along the Hillsborough River from Water Works parks all the way to Cotanchobee Ft Brooke Park. A host of restaurants, hotels and other points interest including parks are adjacent to or within easy walking distance of the riverwalk.

    For me, the section abutting Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is the most exciting. I've always loved the mix of old and new that makes Tampa so unique and the area around Curtis Hixon Park exemplifies this idea. Nearby old buildings and churches lie in the shadows of new skyscrapers (1,2).

    The park, itself is host to a multitude of events, is at the center of the city's cultural and arts district. Nearby is the Straz Center (3), The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (4) and the Glazer Children's Museum among other attractions. Across the river is the old Tampa Bay Hotel now home to the University of Tampa and the Henry B Plant Museum (5). The museum host an annual Victorian Christmas Stroll, a unique look into the past. Plant was instrumental in bringing the railroad to Florida, so it is only fitting that there is a railway draw bridge (6) along the walkway. The museum and university are a short walk across the Kennedy Blvd bridge.

    This section of the walkway will actually take walkers out into the river and under that bridge (7). Views of the city from this area are among the best (8). Not even construction equipment can spoil the enjoyment (9).
    The Tampa Theater (10) is within easy walking distance. This theater, built in 1926, was saved from the wrecking ball by citizens in the 1970's and the iconic landmark now hosts events throughout the year.

    The riverwalk is also within close reach of the city trolley system that can take visitors to nearby Ybor City, another Tampa attraction.

    I am not a spokesperson for the riverwalk committee, so for more info on The Tampa Riverwalk visit thetampariverwalk.com.

    To see more photos of downtown Tampa visit: http://robertwilderjr.smugmug.com/Places/Tampa/

    Story and all photos by Robert Wilder Jr
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