New mobile phone audio tour lets visitors learn about Tampa Riverwalk
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02/09/12 Olivia Kabat
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The Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF (Sept. 2009)

The City of Tampa recently announced the beginning of construction on a new segment of the downtown Riverwalk. In order to draw more visitors the Riverwalk is now expanding and offering a new audio cell phone tour of Tampa’s waterfront.

The new phone tour was developed by Friends of the Riverwalk with assistance from the University of South Florida chapter of Students in Free Enterprise. Dameion Lovett, assistant director of USF’s Scholarship & Financial Aid Department says the self-guided tour offers historical information about Tampa and news about entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities available along Tampa’s waterfront.

“There are seven different stations that are currently set up along the Riverwalk. Within that, there are a couple different talking points that are featured. In each one of the sections there are over 20 different options that folks can dial into though our system. They can then listen to the actual information about where they are. The last thing is that the audio tour…the actual narration is done my Gayle Sierens of News Channel 8. So her voice is the official voice of the Riverwalk.”

Lovett says many people utilize the Riverwalk because many downtown dining and entertainment outlets are nearby.

“Basically the Tampa Riverwalk is essentially a 2.2 mile walking path along the Hillsborough River and downtown Tampa and basically it was made so that more people would come downtown and utilize the Riverwalk itself because it’s around most of the businesses. So it’s just more or less of a centralized place for people to congregate.”

The goal is to have the Riverwalk extend from Channelside to Tampa Heights.

“The Tampa Riverwalk goes from the Florida Aquarium all the way down to the Patel Conservatory. It also doubles as a health and fitness area, sort of like Bayshore. You can jog you can bike or whatever it is that you want to do.”

Friday morning at the Tampa Convention Center the city will hear the findings and recommendations about developing a master plan for the riverfront area.

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