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Tampa Riverwalk Named No. 2 Riverwalk in the Country by USA Today Readers

Tampa Riverwalk Named No. 2 Riverwalk in the Country by USA Today Readers

The Tampa Riverwalk has been named the No. 2 riverwalk in the country by USA Today readers, following Detroit's International RiverWalk in first place. The recognition is a testament to the success of the Tampa Riverwalk, which was designed to connect the various businesses, parks, and museums located along the riverfront in Tampa, Florida.

The Tampa Riverwalk spans 2.6 miles and has witnessed significant redevelopment along its route since its expansion in 2016. City leaders are now seeking a design-build firm to expand the riverwalk westward past the Hillsborough River for an estimated cost of $30 million. The planned expansion is expected to further enhance the riverwalk's offerings and attract even more visitors.

The Tampa Riverwalk is a popular destination for locals and tourists, with plenty of restaurants, museums, and scenic views to enjoy. The riverwalk is also home to various art, leisure, and fitness activities, making it a central spot for performances and events.

The Friends of the Riverwalk, a nonprofit organization that helps develop and promote the Tampa Riverwalk, celebrated the news of the recognition. The organization's Executive Director, MaryBeth Williams, said in a statement, "Our vision is for the Tampa Riverwalk to be America's iconic riverwalk, and we are on our way to seeing that vision materialize. We hope this inspires people from all over the U.S. to include the Tampa Riverwalk in their travel plans and see for themselves what our amazing city has to offer."

The top 10 riverwalks in the country, as voted by USA Today readers, include the Detroit International RiverWalk, Tampa Riverwalk, Waterfront Park (Louisville), Smale Riverfront Park (Cincinnati), Mississippi Riverwalk (Dubuque, Iowa), San Antonio River Walk (Texas), Wilmington Riverwalk (North Carolina), Charles River Esplanade (Boston), Milwaukee RiverWalk (Wisconsin), and Canal Walk (Indianapolis).

Overall, the recognition of the Tampa Riverwalk by USA Today readers is a significant achievement and a testament to the efforts of the city's leaders and the Friends of the Riverwalk organization. With the planned expansion and the continued growth of the area, it is likely that the Tampa Riverwalk will continue to be a popular destination for years to come.

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