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Updated: 12/06/2022 - 01:32 pm
After many years of anticipation, North Tampa residents will soon have a brand-new, state-of-the-art multipurpose sports field at Forest Hills Park. The City of Tampa, Mayor Jane Castor, and Tampa City Council Members approved nearly $4.2M in…
Updated: 12/01/2022 - 01:07 pm
On Saturday, December 3, the community is invited to join in on the holiday fun as the 2022 Santa Fest Parade returns to downtown Tampa, followed by the annual Tampa Tree Lighting in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
 
PARADE ROUTE…
Updated: 11/30/2022 - 02:47 pm
The City of Tampa invites the community to come out for Illuminate East Tampa, where community leaders will light up a floating Christmas tree at Robert L. Cole, Sr. Community Lake. Illuminate East Tampa, beginning at 5:00 PM on Friday, December 2…
Updated: 11/15/2022 - 02:56 pm
Thanks to TD Tree Days Grant

TD Bank has selected the City of Tampa to receive a 2022 TD Tree Days grant. The grant allowed the City of Tampa staff and volunteers to plant 50 trees today at Robles Park. 
TD Tree…
Updated: 10/10/2022 - 10:49 am
Mayor Jane Castor is proud to announce that Tampa Parks & Recreation will have 49 pickleball courts available to the public by the end of 2023. This is in addition to the 13 indoor courts inside City of Tampa Community Centers.  …
Updated: 10/08/2022 - 10:17 am
LOCATION: Williams Park, 4362 E Osborne Ave, Tampa, FL 33610 
 
Representatives from City of Tampa, Hancock Whitney and KABOOM! will offer remarks at ribbon-cutting ceremony and will also be available for questions. …
Updated: 09/26/2022 - 01:02 pm
The City of Tampa is opening 16 Tampa Parks & Recreation sites for Out of School Camp. This is at the direction of Mayor Jane Castor to assist families impacted by the closing of Hillsborough County Public Schools this week. On Monday,…
Updated: 09/13/2022 - 08:59 am
City of Tampa leaders are taking additional steps to protect cemeteries.
 The Tampa City Council, working closely with the Castor administration, has approved adding new policies to the Tampa Comprehensive Plan to recognize…
Updated: 09/06/2022 - 10:05 am
The City of Tampa is launching a new “Love Your Park” Campaign in response to increased vandalism in city parks. These incidents cost taxpayers thousands of dollars and take away resources from regularly scheduled maintenance projects in Tampa Parks…
Updated: 09/02/2022 - 08:27 am
In observance of Labor Day, City of Tampa offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022. Residential Customers will not receive solid waste collection service on Monday, September 5, 2022. Review the revised schedule.
 
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Updated: 08/23/2022 - 02:20 pm
City of Tampa will begin demolition of Penny Saver Food Market Property on August 24,  Demolition of Penny Saver Food Market in East Tampa Leads to Next Big Step in New Rec Center 
City of Tampa leaders are…
Updated: 07/07/2022 - 03:07 pm
City of Tampa Hiring Dozens of Positions  The City of Tampa is proud to partner with CareerSource Tampa Bay’s (CSTB) summer jobs program, called Tampa Bay Summer Hires, as they extend the registration deadline until March 31, 2022…
Updated: 06/23/2022 - 03:12 pm
On Thursday, June 23, 2022, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the 13th year in a row to spread the word Swimming Lessons Save Lives.™  A global event, The World's…
Updated: 06/11/2022 - 08:54 pm
Nearly a hundred people got their first introduction to rowing earlier today at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. The City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department, CANDO Sports' Team Tampa Rowing, and The Tampa Athletic Club hosted the 22nd Annual…
Updated: 06/04/2022 - 11:41 pm
The City of Tampa is closing down its three planned sandbag distribution sites for Sunday, June 5.  Total Sandbags Distributed (since opening on Friday, June 3)
Himes Avenue Complex– 50
MacFarlane Park  - 130
Al Barnes Park – 100…
Updated: 05/26/2022 - 09:03 am
Tampa Parks and Recreation Department to compete for prestigious honors in the park and recreation industry The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration(AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA…
Updated: 05/23/2022 - 02:07 pm
Tampa Parks & Recreation To Honor Dr. Anh-Kay Pizano Rey with a Bench Dedication
TAMPA, Fla. (Monday, May 23, 2022) -- On Tuesday, May 24, Tampa Parks & Recreation will honor the life and service of Dr. Anh-Kay Pizano by dedicating a…
Updated: 05/18/2022 - 05:44 pm
Councilwoman Lynn Hurtak with OSHNA and community leaders with one of the newest Little Free Libraries in Alan Wright Park.
New Little Free Libraries Installed in Five City of Tampa Parks in Old Seminole Heights There are…
Updated: 05/04/2022 - 03:21 pm
City of Tampa employees are joining hands with Davis Islands Garden Club members to plant a Silver Buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus) in celebration of Arbor Day. The Garden Club ceremony highlights Davis Islands' tree canopy and the City…
Updated: 05/02/2022 - 09:46 am
Tampa Parks & Recreation Implements a Discounted Military Rec Card
Just in time for Military Appreciation Month, Tampa Parks & Recreation has announced that as of May 1,  they have officially extended a Military discount for all…
Updated: 04/18/2022 - 01:19 pm
Mayor Castor Announces Members of the Parks & Recreation Advisory Team 
as part of her Transforming Tampa's Tomorrow Effort     The City of Tampa, under the direction of Mayor Jane Castor, has teamed up with Hillsborough County and the…
Updated: 04/14/2022 - 08:43 am

WHAT: Wellswood Community Garden – Youth Spring Planting Day
WHO: Community members, Tampa Parks & Rec, City of Tampa Solid Waste
DATE: Thursday, April 14  
TIME:…
Updated: 02/10/2022 - 07:19 am
With continuing cases rates decreasing and the increased capability of private pharmacies, healthcare providers and home testing kits available to now meet the demand for COVID-19 testing, the City of Tampa will be closing our Al Lopez and Al Barnes…
Updated: 10/28/2021 - 11:42 am
The City of Tampa is showing its support for afterschool programs by proclaiming Oct. 28 "Lights On Afterschool Day".

Lights on Afterschool is a national event being celebrated this year on October 28, 2021, when local leaders and…
Updated: 09/27/2021 - 11:34 am
The Tampa Parks and Recreation Department has been awarded the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. This highlights the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department's commitment to public safety, keeping kids safe and…
Updated: 09/11/2021 - 10:18 am
In an effort to effectively serve more residents and increase local vaccination rates, the City of Tampa has expanded the operational hours of the Lee Davis Community Center COVID-19 Vaccination site. Starting Monday, September 13, 2021, the site…
Updated: 08/16/2021 - 09:04 am
Update: 8/16/2021 - Sandbag distribution has ended.   As Tropical Depression Fred approaches our region, the City of Tampa is making sandbags available to the public starting August 13th at 1 pm.  Sandbags will be available from…
Updated: 07/06/2021 - 09:19 am
As Tropical Storm Elsa approaches our region, the City of Tampa is activating its Citizen Information Center Hotline to help residents get prepared. Tampa's Emergency Hotline will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6 to answer questions…
Updated: 06/07/2021 - 09:33 am
Public Engagement Launch The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department is developing a comprehensive Master Plan to help guide the progress of our park facilities over the next ten to twenty years. Public engagement is a critical part of this…
Updated: 05/27/2021 - 09:56 am
Resilient Tampa, a roadmap towards a stronger and more equitable future, created despite the COVID-19 pandemic, builds upon the city’s assets and strengths to address the most urgent shocks and stresses facing Tampa.  Mayor Jane Castor and the City…
Updated: 05/17/2021 - 12:20 pm
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is pleased to announce the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department as a finalist for the 2021…
Updated: 03/17/2021 - 01:53 pm
WHAT: Mayor Jane Castor will officially cut the ribbon on the new expansion at the Williams Park Center Expansion. WHEN: March 17, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. WHERE: Williams Park, 4362 East Osborne Avenue…
Updated: 03/02/2021 - 05:47 pm
WHAT:  Mayor Jane Castor will officially cut the ribbon on the new expansion at the New Tampa Community Recreation Center. WHERE:  New Tampa Recreation Center, 17302 Commerce Park Boulevard, Tampa WHEN:…
Updated: 02/24/2021 - 01:02 pm
WHAT: Mayor Jane Castor will officially cut the ribbon on the new Freedom Playground expansion at MacFarlane Park. WHERE: Macfarlane Park, 1700 North MacDill Avenue, Tampa WHEN: February 24, 2021…
Updated: 01/29/2021 - 11:55 am
Beginning on Saturday, January 30 at 2 pm, Interbay Pool located at 4321 W. Estrella Street will be closing for maintenance and painting. We expect the improvement will take about a month and we anticipate reopening the pool by Monday, March 1. For…
Updated: 01/21/2021 - 01:05 pm
The City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department has partnered with the non-profit Positive Coaching Alliance - Tampa Bay (PCA) to provide staff with industry-leading training opportunities. The two organizations share similar goals of teaching…
Updated: 01/11/2021 - 01:00 pm
With Super Bowl 55, just around the corner, the NFL Experience will soon be underway. In partnership with the Tampa Bay Host Committee, preparations for the NFL Experience will be starting soon. Beginning on Monday, January 11, all tennis,…
Updated: 12/10/2020 - 11:14 am
The City plans to close its “business only” distribution site on December 10. The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department distributed (295,248 bottles of water and 498,479 face coverings) to businesses and non-profit organizations who took…
Updated: 12/02/2020 - 11:27 am
In an effort to further prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Tampa will again distribute 355,000 FREE face coverings at four Parks & Recreation locations. Residents can pick up 2 face coverings per person; no ID is required.From Thursday…
Updated: 12/02/2020 - 04:41 am
The City of Tampa will honor the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at Freedom Playground of MacFarlane Park. Freedom Playground is Tampa's first boundless playground where children of all abilities can play side by side. The boundless…
Updated: 11/30/2020 - 06:12 am
In an effort to prioritize public safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Jane Castor has issued any executive order making it mandatory to use face coverings for all individuals in the City of Tampa while indoors and unable to maintain 6ft…
Updated: 11/30/2020 - 06:12 am
The “Reopen Your Summer Camp Responsibly” webinar takes place on May 29 The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department is taking steps to ensure private summer camps are reopening responsibly amid the COVID-19 crisis. The department is hosting a…
Updated: 11/27/2020 - 05:05 am
The City of Tampa and Tampa Downtown Partnership are excited to announce a new signature event to name an official beverage of Tampa. Crafting Tampa’s Cocktail will take place on center ice of Winter Village from 6-8pm December 1st, inviting local…
Updated: 11/12/2020 - 05:51 am
City of Tampa Parks have reopened today but are asking residents to use caution as there are areas that have a lot of storm debris. Crews are actively working to clean up the parks as quickly as possible. Residents should also use caution when…
Updated: 10/28/2020 - 06:52 am
The City of Tampa received four (4) Planning & Design Awards, presented at the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission’s 38th Annual Planning & Design Awards virtual event. The awards program is a well-respected tradition that…
Updated: 10/21/2020 - 04:26 am
Who: Mayor Jane Castor;  Interim Parks & Recreation Director; Sherisha Hills, and other Departmental Team Members
What: Tampa resident, Lydia Mones will celebrate turning 100 years old on Wednesday, October…
Updated: 10/14/2020 - 06:05 am
In an effort to practice safe social-distancing we will be holding a media availability via Facebook Live at 4:30 pm today.WHO: Mayor Jane Castor and Brian Auld of the Tampa Bay RaysWHAT: Facebook Live Update on the…
Updated: 10/08/2020 - 10:59 am
To celebrate an exciting Stanley Cup matchup, Mayor Jane Castor is sending a gift basket full of Tampa treasures to City of Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson. At the start of the Stanley Cup Finals, Mayor Castor and Mayor Johnson made a bet that whichever…
Updated: 10/01/2020 - 09:02 am
Mayor Jane Castor and Neighborhood and Community Affairs Administrator Ocea Wynn, selected Sherisha Hills to serve as the interim director of Tampa’s Parks and Recreation Department. Hills is a current City employee who worked for several years as a…
Updated: 09/11/2020 - 10:51 am
Starting Monday, September 14, the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department will reopen the following:Athletic fields: all organized field use is coordinated through our Athletics Office and can be reached by emailing TampaAthleticsOffice@tampagov.net …