Historical Monument Trail to open on Tampa Riverwalk
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03/06/12 Olivia Kabat
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Today Tampa announced details of a new addition to the Tampa Riverwalk, a Historical Monument Trail. It will serve to educate the public and recognize Tampa’s history.

The Riverwalk Historical Monument Trail is being created as an initiative to bring more recognition and appreciation of people and events in Tampa’s history. The non-profit organization, Friends of the Riverwalk unveiled the first 6 historical monuments during an event today. Steve Anderson, chair of the Historical Monument Trail Committee says eventually monuments on the Tampa Riverwalk will recognize more than 30 people and events.

“Basically the monument trail is going to honor and create monuments, bronze and solid granite monuments to honor 5-7 people a year who have lived in this community, who left a positive legacy, and made a significant impact on this community.”

Tampa Major Bob Buckhorn helped to unveil details of the new trail at a ceremony today. Anderson says the goal is to provide the public with information about Tampa’s past.

“Those monuments are going to be placed along the Riverwalk and the idea is so that guests from out of city and out of state are walking along our beautiful Riverwalk or dining or listening to music, they will be able to stop periodically and see their likeness of these historically significant people. They can read a little bit about how they contributed to where this community is today.”

According to Anderson, The Tampa History Center, which is on the Riverwalk, is a main supporter of the new Riverwalk Trail.

“You know, Tampa has a really rich history. Unfortunately, for many, many decades we have not done a great job at preserving that history and honoring the people who have made it happen here. So we’re working with the history center, I guess our monuments will be kind of like sign posts for people along the Riverwalk to go down and visit the history center and learn a little more. So we’re going to do a lot of the things I’m talking about to help people understand and develop a sense of pride for where they live.”

New monuments will be added each year and Tampa residents are encouraged to nominate specific historical people and events to be added to the Riverwalk.

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