Channel District Gets New Park in Tampa
A new park is now open in Tampa's downtown Channel District.
Officially opened in December 2011 with a dedication by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the $815,000 Washington Street Park at 118 N. 12th St. is the result of a public participation process and was designed by Lea Del Tosto of WilsonMiller/Stantec. Including oversized sea grass sculptures, lawn area, large canvas shade structure and non-traditional play area, the half-acre nautical-themed park was designed to allow for flexible use of its plaza and lawn areas, which can accommodate gatherings of various sizes. “The park's design came about after a series of meetings with the neighborhood,” says Bob McDonaugh, manager of the Channel District and Downtown Community Redevelopment Areas (CRA). “It's a green oasis in what is becoming a densely developed and populated neighborhood.” Enhanced at night, the park is equipped with special lighting features, including spotlights and LED fiber optic lights imbedded into the main entry columns. The park also includes a fenced dog area complete with artificial turf designed specifically for pet areas, pet water fixtures and seating for dog owners. “There is even a shaded seating area located under a canopy designed to look like a series of sails,” says McDonaugh. Funds for the park came from CRA tax increment financing.