In a contest conducted by the American Planning Association, the Tampa Riverwalk was recognized with the “Great Places in America: People’s Choice Award.”
Throughout the month of October, people nominated their favorite public spaces on social media using the hashtag #APAGreatPlaces. After five finalists were selected, people then voted on their favorite during the first week of November.
The Riverwalk faced competitors such as the Katy Trail in Missouri, the Detroit Riverfront, and the Uncas Leap Heritage Area in Norwich, Connecticut in the final five.
According to their website, the APA holds the contest to recognize “15 exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces that add value to communities and foster economic growth and jobs.”
The Tampa Riverwalk began as a few waterside planks installed in 1976. Over time, the Riverwalk was expanded an effort to connect major landmarks along the riverfront, such as the Tampa Convention Center and the Straz Center. More than 40 years in the making, the 2.4-mile stretch provides access to not only the area’s businesses but also the water.
Now, visitors to the Riverwalk can experience most of downtown without even getting out of their car. Whether it be riding a Water Taxi, catching a Lightning game at Amalie Arena or relaxing on Curtis Hixon lawn, the Riverwalk can get you there.