Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

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GHD worked with the City of Tampa to develop mitigation strategies for a flood-prone area in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

A place to meet and enjoy Tampa’s waterfront, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park overlooking the Hillsborough River is a unique urban design that attracts over 1 million people annually to its special events. The 8-acre park features a sloping Great Lawn with two fountains, a children's playground, public boat docks, a dog park, seat terraces, a pavilion, and a café. The downtown park integrates the Riverwalk, Glazer Children's Museum, and the Tampa Museum of Art.

The Park can hold 10,000 people for concerts and special civic events. During one of these events, the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, the area was subject to a substantial rainfall for most of the day. The Great Lawn area became inundated with mud, with some people tiptoeing from exhibit to exhibit and others staying on the concrete sidewalk to avoid the mud. The storm event essentially shut down the festival.

GHD's geotechnical team provided a comprehensive subsurface study of the flood-prone area to develop mitigation strategies. Our efforts will reduce the ponding of rain water in the area of the Great Lawn and improve surface drainage conditions.

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