TAMPA HEIGHTS — A free festival Saturday will celebrate the re-opening of Water Works Parks, just north of downtown.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will host the festival from 5 to 9 p.m., which will include food trucks, children’s activities and entertainment. Friends of Tampa Recreation Inc. will sell alcohol, with proceeds going toward programming in City of Tampa parks. Fireworks will begin around 9 p.m.
The park, 1710 N. Highland Ave., includes a play area modeled after a ship, splash pad, dog run, performance pavilion and open lawn. The Tampa Riverwalk was also extended to run throughout the park along the Hillsborough River. A kayak launch, boat slips and a water taxi stop will be installed once permits are approved.
Ulele Spring, formerly called Magbee Spring, has been restored and opened to the river. Ulele represents a $5 million renovation of the former city pumping station. In addition to the park improvements and spring restoration, the City of Tampa leased the historic Water Works Building adjacent to the park to the Columbia Restaurant Group.
The total cost of the project, $7.4 million, was paid for using tax funds and a grant.
The Tampa Tribune is a festival sponsor.
South Tampa News report