HERMAN MASSEY PARK
Herman Massey Park is right in the middle of the Downtown River Arts Neighborhood on the northwest corner of Tyler and Franklin Streets.
The park was opened in 1988 by then mayor Sandy Freedman but, over time, the park has been neglected and in need of repair. In 2005, a fencing was added to the perimeter and the park was no longer maintained. Mayor Pam Iorio re-opened the park in 2008 but has not been utilized since.As the City of Tampa is investing $35 million dollars on Jullian B. Lane riverfront park, DRANA initiated a call to action to improve this neighborhood gem.
As part of DRANA's 2017 priorities to partner with the Community Redevelopment Area, DRANA approached the City of Tampa for funding to improve Herman Massey Park. The Community Redevelopment Area has committed funding and, in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Department, is in the process of procuring a consultant for the project.
The community feedback session on May 30 introduced Karla Price as the project manager, provided some background on Herman Massey Park and educated attendees on the general project process. The session highlighted data from DRANA’s 2017 DRANA in the Park survey and allowed attendees to comment and provide feedback on additional needs.
Design concepts will be presented in future public input sessions. The project can take a year and a half before it is realized to include construction can take up to six months.
DRANA will keep members informed as we are notified of additional updates.
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We look forward to an improvement at Herman Massey Park but cannot be successful without your DRANA membership and support.
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