The people’s choice? Tampa’s Riverwalk

LUIS SANTANA  |   TimesView of the Tampa Riverwalk at Curtis Hixon Park as seen during festivities for the College Football Championship in Tampa.[Saturday, January 7, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
LUIS SANTANA | TimesView of the Tampa Riverwalk at Curtis Hixon Park as seen during festivities for the College Football Championship in Tampa.[Saturday, January 7, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
Published November 7 2018

It's been the riparian apple of Mayor Bob Buckhorn's eye, so perhaps it's fitting , as the term-limited mayor counts down his final months in office, that Tampa's Riverwalk gets some national love.

The American Planning Association awarded the linear park that runs along both sides of the Hillsborough River its "People's Choice" award as part of its Great American Places contest.

The award is meant to recognize places where a city has helped bring together and support its community. Voting ran for a few weeks in October and November on the organization's website.

Other nominees include well-known landmarks like Detroit's waterfront and the Navy Yards in Washington, D.C. as well as some lesser lights like Uncas Leap Heritage Area in Norwich, Connecticut and the Katy Trail in Missouri.

Buckhorn didn't stint on praise for the park in a statement, thanking the voters.

"I couldn't agree more," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "The Riverwalk has transformed Tampa and has become a destination for visitors and residents alike. Whether you're riding your bike, rollerblading or taking a ride on the Pirate Water Taxi, there's something for everyone. Our river has become the focal point of Tampa's urban core and that's made possible by having a promenade that connects all of downtown Tampa's great restaurants, parks, cultural venues and events."

Here's some more info on the award and process.

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