Walking the Walk
0:21 Maryrose Markines, Tampa visitor
0:51 Chris Frazer, Riverview visitor
Hundreds of people strolled along the Hillsborough River on Tampa’s new River Walk during the First Annual River Fest on Saturday. The Kennedy Boulevard Plaza segment opened in March and links MacDill Park to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. All together it’s 1.8 miles of continious walkway for pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy the Hillsborough River, too. Along the way are benches and areas to relax in the shade.
The Riverwalk project was pulled off through the efforts of 6 mayors and took 40 years to build. The Kennedy Boulevard Plaza segment cost $9.2 million. Community donations and a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery IV Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation in June 2012 –paid for the new Kennedy Boulevard segment.
During this weekend’s River Fest, there is entertainment along the River Walk. Roosevelt Elementary School Students drummed away for visitors at the end of the Kennedy Boulevard segment. The festival also featured the Mayor’s First Annual Mac and Cheese Throwdown at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Saturday afternoon. There’s also jazz music at Water Works Park and roaming food trucks. For a schedule of events and locations, go to http://www.tampariverfest.com
River Fest runs through Sunday in downtown Tampa.