Revamped Ballast Point Park reopens Wednesday
Ballast Point Park, a Tampa park for more than 100 years, will be officially reopened at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. “It’s a popular because it has something for everyone – from the fishing pier to the expanded wellness center and new splash pad,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
The city matched a portion of the funds raised by the Ballast Point community for a tot lot, a playground specifically designed for children under 5 years of age. Additionally, the improvements added to the park include a great circular lawn, splash pad, four new prefabricated picnic shelters, benches, and grills. The project also included a sail structure to cover the existing playground, eight additional parking spaces, a new patio at the existing Joe Abrahams Wellness Center, and Florida friendly landscape and irrigation.
Ballast Point Park was developed as a tropical park in 1894 to serve as a terminal for an electric trolley-car line at the south end of Bayshore Boulevard. It was originally called Jules Verne Park after French writer Jules Verne who in his novel From the Earth to the Moon fired a cannon from "Tampa town," Florida to the moon.
The park at 5300 Interbay Blvd. offers great views of downtown Tampa. It is full of shade trees, and offers quick access to Bayshore Boulevard for jogging, walking or rollerblading.
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