Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Like many other riverfront cities, Tampa’s connection to the water had been obscured by decades of industry, commerce, development, and redevelopment. Now, an expansive and inviting civic space welcomes residents and visitors back to the Hillsborough River. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is the site of arts festivals, orchestra concerts, yoga classes, and Tampa's signature pirate festival, Gasparilla.

"It has become transformative for our downtown," said former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio of the grand open-space.

Our team oversaw the sweeping reconfiguration of the site, which included the demolition of existing buildings and underground parking and the construction of new plazas, fountains, lighting, seating, and even a dog park. We managed a diverse project team and coordinated the construction of the Waterfront Park alongside two adjacent construction projects, the neighboring Tampa Museum of Art and Riverwalk.

The result is a noteworthy civic space that continues to animate and enliven the heart of the city.

Project Information

Tampa, Florida

City of Tampa

Notable Awards:
Award of Honor, Open Space Category
Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), 2012

Best Landscape/Urban Planning
Southeast Construction’s Best of 2010

Outstanding Contribution to the Community (Highest Honor)
28th Annual Community Design Awards, Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, 2010

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