Public programs in downtown parks

"The first year ... the Buckhorn administration will develop a marketing initiative to provide public programs in our downtown parks on a frequent and ongoing basis."


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Subjects: Recreation


Food trucks, a green river, a music festival and more

Updated: Thursday, March 29th, 2012 | By Richard Danielson

Candidate Bob Buckhorn promised to develop a marketing initiative to bring public programs to downtown parks frequently and regularly.

Starting in November, Buckhorn, in conjunction with the Tampa Downtown Partnership, has welcomed food trucks to Lykes Gaslight Square Park the first Wednesday of every month, drawing thousands, and he says, creating a buzz about downtown.

"I love my food trucks,” Buckhorn told PolitiFact Florida in an interview on Feb. 28, 2012.

But that hasn't been all.

For St. Patrick's Day, he had the city dye the Hillsborough River green for the first annual Mayor's River O'Green Fest. He has scheduled his State of the City presentation, something that previously has taken place at the Tampa Convention Center, for Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. And he has given enthusiastic public support to other groups' ideas. The first-ever Gasparilla Music Festival brought thousands to the riverfront on March 10, and Tampa's Downtown on Ice, sponsored by the Friends of Tampa Recreation, brought a temporary skating rink to the park in December for a second year in a row.

"My goal is to program those parks as often as we can,” Buckhorn said.

Buckhorn promised programs in downtown parks that were frequent and ongoing. The food truck rally takes place monthly, and the River O'Green Fest promises to be an annual event. There's room for more, but these are examples of the kinds of programs that he committed to delivering. We rate this as a Promise Kept.


Interview with Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Feb. 28, 2012.

Tampa Bay Times, Tampa to dye part of Hillsborough River green for St. Patrick's Day, Feb. 22, 2012, accessed March 25, 2012

Tampa Bay Times, Music festival next step in Tampa's hip movement, March 16, 2012, accessed March 25, 2012

Tampa Bay Times, Downtown ice rink opens near Occupy Tampa protest, Nov. 11, 2011, accessed on March 25, 2011

Tampa Bay Times, Food trucks roll more variety into downtown Tampa lunch scene, Nov. 3, 2011, accessed March 28, 2012

City of Tampa State of the City announcement, accessed March 28, 2012

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