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The second annual Memorial Park Cemetery Clean-Up will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 18.Volunteers — more than 75 have registered — will be cleaning headstones, distributing flags, and picking up trash. The Parks and Recreation…
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In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Mayor Jane Castor and the City of Tampa will celebrate AAPI heritage and cultural diversity at the 2024 Tampa Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Festival.The vibrant and colorful…
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City officials, Skanska representatives, and dozens of passionate community members will attend the ceremonial groundbreaking for the transformation of Fair Oaks Park. The $34.7-million project, approved by Tampa City Council last month, will be…
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The Parks and Recreation Department, in the process of hiring seasonal lifeguards for the summer, is putting its Rookie School Pre-Test on display -- and opening the pool to members of the media who want to put their swimming skills to the test to…
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Vila Brothers Park in Tampa will soon honor a community advocate and champion of West Tampa with the official naming of its dog park.
 
The naming of the "Sandra de Diego Sanchez Dog Park," lead by Tampa City Council Chairman Guido…
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  Road closures begin at 1pm on 3/16, and will remain closed until after the parade. It's going to be shamrockin' busy in downtown Tampa this weekend due to the St. Patrick's Day parade, spring break and a number of other events.  The City of…
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The Hillsborough River is going green ahead of next weekend’s Tampa’s Downtown River O’ Green event. Today, Friday, March 8, at 10:00 a.m., the Tampa Downtown Partnership, Grow Financial, and City of Tampa Water Department will test the dye that…
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As students with Hillsborough County Public Schools head into Spring Break the week of March 11-15, Tampa Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Tampa Police Department, is kicking off the start of extended hours for the Stay & Play…
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The City of Tampa is taking an important step to maintain its world-class tree canopy while making important infrastructure improvements to the community. The City is expanding the Neighborhoods Design-Build Project to include a pilot program that…
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Senior Day in the Park is set for Friday, March 1, when more than 400 local seniors and 40 vendors will gather in MacFarlane Park for an event that promotes healthy living. The event is free and open to the public. The David Barksdale Active Adult…
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The City of Tampa will be cutting the ribbon on the new dog park at Henry and Ola park. The 10,600-square-foot dog park is the 17th in the City. Construction on the $150,000 project began late last year. In addition to fencing and irrigation, a…
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With the Key to the City now on the minds of the pirates of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, city staff across departments are working hard to prepare for their imminent invasion. From public safety, to clean up, it has been 'all hands hoay' the past…
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 In response to discussions of a proposed citywide juvenile curfew ordinance, the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Parks and Recreation are collaborating with a goal of expanding an evening youth program known as "Stay and Play." The Police…
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The bearded bandits are at it once again! Tomorrow morning, daring and determined warriors from Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s elite Plunder-Team Ten Special Operations Unit will infiltrate Tampa’s outer defenses. Witness as they quickly sweep into…
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Park Finder Challenge Promotes Tampa's Parks    In honor of Florida Arbor Day, the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department is launching the Park Finder…
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The City of Tampa invites the community to the annual Illuminate East Tampa celebration. Community leaders and City staff will light up three floating holiday trees at Robert L. Cole, Sr. Community Lake, located at 1798 E. Martin Luther King, Jr.…
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The downtown Tampa area is expected to see an influx of more than 30,000 people on Saturday, December 9, due to several large-scale events coupled with road closures and on-going construction projects, making navigating in and out of downtown more…
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It’s that time of year when little elves are working hard to compile a list for Santa to check twice to see who has been naughty or nice. To be extra certain, Santa will be making personalized Christmas phone calls to our youngest City of Tampa…
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The City of Tampa invites the community to the annual New Tampa Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting. Community leaders and City staff will light up a large Christmas tree at the New Tampa…
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As part of its ongoing efforts to keep adults engaged and active within their communities, Tampa Parks and Recreation's Davis Barksdale Senior Center will be hosting its annual Thanksgiving Dance today. From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., active members…
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The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department will be unveiling the renovations made to Forest Hills Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon. Worth $4.2 million, the improvements and new features include new multi purpose courts for…
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PURPOSE: Tampa's Parks and Recreation Department's After School and Out of School programs serve nearly 2,000 students every school year. Applications for upcoming holiday breaks and school closures are opening up and the program is…
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The number of renovated parks in the City of Tampa continues to grow, with South Tampa's Cal Dickson Tennis Center the newest to join the list. 

Featuring a new fenced play area, complete with a 'tricycle track,' paved walkways, 2,500 sq…
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The votes are in for Tampa Magazine's "Best of the City," and the City of Tampa is honored to have two of its parks win first and second place in the "Best Park" in the Tampa Bay area category. 

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park topped the…
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City Joins Effort to Clean our Coastline   Keeping our parks and coastlines trash-free not only benefits our local neighborhoods, but it also protects our main source of drinking water: the Hillsborough River. To preserve our natural resources,…
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UPDATE: Sandbag locations will be open to the general public at 12 p.m. Sunday (not a.m.), as reflected in the revision below.

The City of Tampa's Emergency Management teams continue to monitor potential severe weather, which may impact…
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The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department will begin renovations to the Kid Mason Community Center with a groundbreaking ceremony this Wednesday, August 16. 

The renovations will add an additional 411 square feet to the center.…
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The City of Tampa is extending the opening of its cooling centers at Parks and Recreation locations in response to the excessive heat warning and heat advisories projected to affect the city through Wednesday, August 16, 2023. Cooling centers will…
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Tampa's Parks & Recreation Department Celebrates Success of Teen Summer Programs   The City of Tampa’s Parks & Recreation Department is celebrating the end of session for their Teen Programs with an End of Summer Bash this evening. The…
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It's been 33 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990.

In honor of the anniversary, The Hillsborough County Alliance for Persons with Disabilities, in partnership with The Mayor's Alliance for…
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The City of Tampa will celebrate the completion of the Veterans Plaza at Jim Walter Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

Jim Walter Park honors veterans and families from WWII who established the first modern homes for…
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Boom by the Bay, Hard Rock Takeover at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, Powered by TECO is Today! Boom by the Bay, Powered by TECO, returns today with a Hard Rock takeover at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. In addition to fireworks, residents will…
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Boom by the Bay, Powered by TECO, will return on Saturday, July 1, with a Hard Rock takeover at Julian B Lane Riverfront Park.

This year's celebration will feature fireworks, live entertainment, food trucks, and tons of other new …
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Boom by the Bay, Powered by TECO, will return on Saturday, July 1, with a Hard Rock takeover at Julian B Lane Riverfront Park. This year's celebration will feature fireworks, live entertainment, food trucks, and tons of other new activations.…
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City of Tampa Kids Take Part in World's Largest Swim Lesson Today, thousands of children around the globe are participating in the 14th annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) to help beat the single leading cause of unintended death of…
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Tampa Parks & Recreation and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Badges for Baseball Program Host Multi-Sport Community Clinic
WHAT: The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF), in partnership with the City of Tampa Parks &…
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Boom by the Bay is Back for July 1 The annual Boom by the Bay Hard Rock Takeover of Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park will return on Saturday, July 1, 2023.

This City of Tampa tradition kicked off in 2019 to celebrate Independence Day.…
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WHAT: Tampa's Parks & Recreation is officially breaking ground on newly renovated youth football fields in the Port Tampa neighborhood. CANDO Sports and the City of Tampa have been granted $100,000 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers…
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WHAT: Tampa's Parks & Recreation is officially breaking ground on newly renovated youth football fields in the Port Tampa neighborhood. CANDO Sports and the City of Tampa have been granted $100,000 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers through the…
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This Memorial Day, the City of Tampa will celebrate the grand opening of the Vila Brothers Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  

The Vila Brothers Park honors seven brothers who served in various branches of the military from World War…
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The City of Tampa, the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and community partners urge residents to keep kids safe around water. Accidental child drowning is a tragedy that parents and caregivers think won’t happen to their family, but sadly…
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Tomorrow, Tampa Parks & Recreation will celebrate the 13th annual Kids to Parks Day. This event is a day of outdoor exploration at local, state, and national parks and public lands across the country.   

Millions of Americans will…
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WHAT: Today is the City of Tampa Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Festival, honoring Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month. The festival will showcase beautiful cultural performances from various Asian countries and …
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Tampa Fire Rescue is proud to host the Hurricane Preparedness Expo on Saturday, May 6 from 12 - 4 p.m. at the Barksdale Senior Center, located at 1801 N. Lincoln Ave., Tampa 33607.
 
At this free event, residents can:
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Tampa Parks & Recreation celebrates 30 years partnering with CANDO Sports, enhancing and expanding sports programs and activities for youth athletes across the city.

In honor of their 30th Anniversary, CANDO is donating $30,000 to…
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Today, Tampa's Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation, kick-off their 13th annual youth baseball clinic.

The Tampa Baseball Clinic is a free three-day program that teaches participants…
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WHAT: 2023 Senior Day in the Park
WHO: Sherisha Hills, Director of Parks and Recreation
DATE: Friday, March 10, 2023
TIME: 9:30 AM  
LOCATION: …
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Morning AquaFitness Exercise Class at Roy Jenkins Pool.City of Tampa Facing Lifeguard Shortage Urging All Interested to Apply Today, Tampa Parks & Recreation Aquatic Leaders are visiting Roy Jenkins Pool to express the city’s crucial need for…
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The City of Tampa and Tampa Parks & Recreation Department are proud to announce a series of major renovations and improvements to the Belmont Heights Little League. These upgrades will provide a safe, modern, and inclusive environment for young…
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Students IDing Invasive Plants, Removing Litter at McKay Bay Nature Park & TraiLearn & Serve Tampa, The Mission Continues, Tampa Parks & Recreation, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, and other organizations join forces for Martin Luther King Jr…