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1. Wouldn't it be great for Lowry Park Zoo to expand all the way to the river. This require part of Boulevard to be closed. I don't think it would cause major problems because of the many alternate routes. The seems to be busting at the seams as is.

2. Wouldn't it be great if the Tower Park off Bird and Florida we're turned into a Botanical and/or Formal Garden as once proposed.

3. The Kmart plaza across from the Tower Park would be prime for redevelopement.

I know this is wishful and probably unlikely, but the potential for something interesting and unique is there. I can picture people seeing part of Tampa by boat. From the Aquarium or other downtown points of interest they could voyage upstream to the Zoo and Gardens. In addition these developments could help transform this whole somewhat blighted area.
 

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I dont agree w/ #1, there is a public park on the river across from the zoo off N. Blvd, it is free.

The city could easily remedy #2 by allowing some of the local gardening societies to come in and plant and take care of the park. I'm sure one or two of them would be happy to do it.
 

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I am suggesting that the north part of the public "free" park and the city facilities be incorporated into the zoo property. The portion with the playground and boat launch would still be a public park.
 

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the zoo has plenty of room to expand into the former fairy land site still. Both ideas are good though. There was a plan in the past to make river park a botanical garden, but it fell through.

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As someone who actually drives around Tampa, the idea of cutting Boulevard there seems absolutely idiotic. . . it would make a difference.
 

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They could get people over N Boulevard without getting rid of the road anyways. Sure, it would be nice to have that land too, but it's not a big deal


My guess is that the zoo will at some point build a parking garage and new 'entrance' out close to Waters, get rid of the surface parking, and gain some land that way.
 

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Wouldn't river access be a nice addition. There seems to be a lot of possibilities with the addition of that access and land.
 

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I agree with expanding the Zoo towards the river.. There is the hillsborough river with lots of potential to add another dimension to the Zoo. As mentioned earlier the further development would increase interest in renovating the blighted area.. Adding new access via waterway would be great and add to the water taxi idea being tossed around and create additional possibilities to tie -in the area together i think..That Zoo could help tie in busch garden/advnt island/ greyhound tracks alot better altogther..
 

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There was a service with a link from DT/Channelside up to Lowry Park, the hope was to expand it to link to the botanical garden at what is now River Tower Park, though that fell through.

As for LPZ expansion plans, there are not any plans to expand in the current area (except for some minor changes), at least that I am aware of. BUT there are plans to eventually open an off site animal park, similar to the San Diego Wild Animal Park. In the immediate future there will be an animal exchange type of agreement with the new Safari Wild in Polk County that is due to open next year.

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Also, they could expand (if they wanted to) into what was for a while the "Outback Safari". That is the bit of land that borders Boulevard and Kirby. I am not sure what it is being used for right now, but it is at least several acres.

Steve
 
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