USF Students Pitch Ideas for Tampa Riverwalk

USF School of Architecture & Community Design students present their plans for Tampa's Riverwalk
TAMPA (2011-6-15) -

It's just over two miles long, but Tampa's Riverwalk is an important part of city officials' future plans...and they're getting ideas for the area from USF students.

Over a dozen Masters students in a USF Architecture class had the opportunity to pitch their ideas for Tampa's Riverwalk to local officials Wednesday.

During the short summer term, four teams in the Urban Architecture and Landscapes class came up with plans for improving the 2.2 mile area around the Hillsborough River from the North Street Bridge to Channelside.

During a meeting at the Trolley Barn at The Heights in Tampa, the students unveiled their plans, which included PowerPoint presentations and scale models, to over a dozen local stakeholders, including Riverwalk Development Manager Lee Hoffman.

"They get a chance to shape their city and to make an input and say 'This is what we would do,'" said Hoffman. "And to see that come into play and take place has got to be rewarding and it's something, I think, our community needs."

"The students are a resource of great thought and great knowledge. They really do hold a lot of different ideas and are willing to do a lot of the work to figure them out and I think the city and other stakeholders can capitalize on that," said student Ashly Anderson.

"In turn," she added, "the students get the benefit of being able to get real-time feedback, which is always important, as well as learn to sharpen their skills in presenting ideas."

The students' plans had to balance commercial, social and ecological concerns, while also connecting Riverwalk with the rest of downtown Tampa.

Some of their ideas included a children's park, a community garden, increased boat slips and controls for both flooding and water pollution.

To hear more from Hoffman, click on the "Listen Now" link at the top of this page.

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