Just in time to coincide with the best weather of the year, Mayor Bob Buckhorn will celebrate the grand opening of the New Tampa Nature Park on Monday, November 26. “The New Tampa Nature Park is a great, active park. Children can explore nature and learn play on the zipline. The park also connects residents with miles of existing trails where they can walk, hike, and bike safely,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Our commitment to New Tampa is not just in roads and sewers, but it is embodied in our parks and playgrounds as well.”
The New Tampa Nature Park connects to Hillsborough County’s Flatwoods Park trail system giving residents access to miles of trails. The park includes one-half mile long entrance road, parking for 22 cars and two buses, storm water control elements, an elevated boardwalk “nature walk” that crosses wetland habitat, a shorter elevated “marsh walk”, picnic areas, rock and rope playground climber, and a zip line play element.
New Tampa Nature Park is a 122-acre parcel of land that lies east of Interstate 75 and south of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. Land for this project was acquired through assistance with the Florida Communities Trust Preservation 2000 program and the Hillsborough County Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program. Coordination between the City of Tampa and other regulatory and governmental agencies has taken place to conduct environmental management requirements, such as exotic species control, prescribed burns, etc. This environmental management includes an adjacent 70 acres parcel owned by Southwest Florida Water Management District, bringing the total area of the site to almost 200 acres.
To view a map of the new park, please visit tampagov.net.