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Go Play with the Kids at the NEW Ground Mural at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Escape the heat with Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Summer Series: Enjoy activities under a 10,000 square foot tent in Curtis Hixon Park

The next time you’re taking walk or bike ride along Tampa’s Riverwalk, be sure to make a stop at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to check out the super cool ground mural designed just for kids!

It’s part of the Tampa Downtown Partnership Summer Series that brings really cool enrichment activities to parks around the city and this year is focused on the new world of social distancing that has taken over our lives.

You can seek some shade under the 10,000 square foot Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation tent where picnic tables have been spaced apart and even coated in an antimicrobial surface to help keep families safe.

But, the coolest part of this year’s Summer Series is that ground mural we first mentioned!

The theme celebrates Port Tampa Bay featuring colorfully designed games like hop scotch, mazes, and mirror games. The mural is also coated with the same anti-microbial surface as the picnic tables called Safe Shield. This was courtesy of OAI Visual Branding, so a big THANK YOU to them!

If you get hungry, Whatever Pops has their storefront open serving those delicious handcrafted ice pops we all love, drinks, snacks, and even grilled cheese sandwiches.

Oh–and there’s free WiFi too provided by PBXChange and local music screamed from Tampa Downtown’s Soundtrack on Spotify.

The Summer Series will run through the summer break until school resumes in August. It is open from dusk til dawn.

downtown tampa mural

About the Effort: This year the Tampa Downtown Partnership has teamed with the City of Tampa, Port Tampa Bay, and OAI to present its Summer Series while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation has again provided the giant tent.

For more information, visit:

About the Tampa Downtown Partnership
Tampa Downtown Partnership is a private, membership-based not-for-profit 501(c)(6) comprised of companies, organizations, and individuals with a common goal of advancing Tampa’s Downtown. Through an annual contract with the City of Tampa, Tampa Downtown Partnership administers the Special Services District. In addition to Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team, Tampa Downtown Partnership serves downtown through marketing, business development, transportation, advocacy, public space activation, planning, and beautification.

downtown tampa mural at Curtis Hixon waterfront park

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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