Selmon Greenway opens in Tampa


There’s a new way to explore Tampa. Officials cut the ribbon of phase one of the Selmon Greenway Saturday morning. 

Participants got to explore the new site through Jane’s Walk, a guided tour. The 15-foot-wide trail spans 1.7 miles next to the Selmon Expressway. The shaded Greenway connects Ybor City and the Riverwalk. Runners or riders can also hop on the city-wide trails network of Bayshore Boulevard Linear Park Trail and the McKay Bay Trail. 

Ryan Swanson, with The Urban Conga, encourages the community to engage by creating pop-up events and playgrounds. He’s excited about making the Greenway special. 

“When we think about developing a city we say build, build, build,” Swanson said. “Really it’s about making things happen at the street level. As a person living in the city, that’s really what we care about.” 

Joe Waggoner, the Executive Director for the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, told News Channel 8 that opening the Greenway is just the first phase of the project. Pop up parks are on the way. 

“I hope people get a safe, comfortable, environment walking or biking through Downtown Tampa,” Waggoner said. “That’s really what I hope they get out of it.” 

Tampa’s RiverFest runs through the weekend. The Mac & Cheese Festival is Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m. The Bloody Mary Festival is Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also catch events at Water Works, MacDill Park, Caotanchobee, and USF/Anchor Park.

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