Tampa, Florida (February 14, 2014) – The Tampa Riverwalk Kennedy Blvd. Segment construction project is moving along with a 2014 completion date in sight. Once completed, the Riverwalk will offer 2.4 contiguous miles of linear, waterfront park for pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists to enjoy. And with that comes even more opportunities to further activate and market this valuable downtown asset.
In concert with the City of Tampa’s Riverwalk development efforts, Friends of the Riverwalk serves to promote and activate Tampa’s Riverwalk while the Tampa Downtown Partnership serves a broader goal as steward of Downtown Tampa, cultivating effective public/private partnerships to facilitate catalytic physical and economic development within the district. With some obvious common goals at hand, the leadership of these two organizations came to a decision to collaborate, in order to elevate growth opportunities while saving money by sharing resources including professional staff.
Shaun Drinkard has served as the Downtown Partnership’s Director of Placemaking for the past three years. In this role, he has worked toward activating Downtown Tampa’s public spaces through a variety of initiatives including hosting and supporting special events. Drinkard, who has a background in landscape architecture and public space programming, will equally divide his time in his role with the Partnership and as the executive director for Friends of the Riverwalk. Ashly Anderson has been hired to serve as placemaking & urban design manager where she too will share her time between both organizations. Anderson has a background in urban design and architecture.
“It is the goal of The Friends of the Riverwalk to continue building a sense of community along Tampa’s waterfront for both citizens and guests. To that end, our leadership saw the benefits of sharing resources with Tampa Downtown Partnership, who shares common goals with our organization,” said Steve Anderson, President, Friends of the Riverwalk. David Smith, Chair, Tampa Downtown Partnership couldn’t agree more. “The completion of the Riverwalk’s Kennedy Blvd. segment project will be a game changer for Downtown Tampa. It makes so much sense to have dedicated staff reporting to both organizations, who work toward enhancing the public realm in downtown and its Riverwalk,” said Smith.
This collaborative arrangement took effect in late 2013.
About the Tampa Downtown Partnership
The Tampa Downtown Partnership (TDP) is a private, membership based not-for-profit 501(c)6 comprised of companies, organizations and individuals with a common goal of advancing Tampa’s Downtown. Through an annual contract with the City of Tampa, the TDP administers the Special Services District. In addition to Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team, the TDP serves downtown through marketing, business development, transportation, advocacy, planning and beautification. For more information, visit www.tampasdowntown.com.