Buckhorn dedicates updated Ballast Point Park

In his opening remarks this morning Buckhorn again reflected on the success of the Republican national convention and thanked all those involved.
Bob Buckhorn dedicates the refurbished Ballast Point Park after thanking city employees and others for the success with the Republican national convention

Bob Buckhorn dedicates the refurbished Ballast Point Park after thanking city employees and others for the success with the Republican National Convention

A new sales structure now covers the pre-existing equipment at the park
A new sail structure now covers the pre-existing equipment at the park.


Two of the four new prefabricated picnic shelters in Ballast Point Park

Two of the four new prefabricated picnic shelters in Ballast Point Park


Charlie Miranda, chair of the Tampa city Council and clerk of Circuit Court Pat Frank were present for the dedication at Ballast Point Park

Charlie Miranda, chair of the Tampa city Council and Clerk of Circuit Court Pat Frank were present for the dedication


Children play in the new splash pad at the tot lot of Ballast Point Park

Children play in the new splash pad at the tot lot.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn tries out a slide at the refurbished ballast point Park with two-year-old Selah Repaskey

Mayor Bob Buckhorn tries out a slide at the refurbished Ballast Point Park with two-year-old Selah Repaskey

Mayor Bob Buckhorn dedicated a newly refurbished Ballast Point Park with other city officials on Wednesday morning. The park recently received a $995,000 facelift including the tot lot, a playground designed specifically for children under 5. The project was funded by a private donations from residents and matching funds from the city. New area includes ground-level water feature called a splash pad. Other parts of the park were also enhanced. A sail structure to shade the existing playground equipment, new pavilions, and parking areas were also added.
Three-year-old Olive Guice helps Buckhorn and other officials start the splash pad in the new tot lot

Three-year-old Olive Guice helps Buckhorn and other officials start the splash pad in the new tot lot.

The project was spearheaded by private citizen Katie Guice, who moved to Ballast Point in 2003. She was concerned about the old equipment at the park not accommodating younger kids. She was inspired by her two children, Olive 3, and Rylan, 5.Katie Guice who spearheaded the parks refurbishment speaks at the dedication holding her three-year-old daughter Olive

Katie Guice who spearheaded the parks refurbishment speaks at the dedication holding her 3-year-old daughter Olive

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