Imagine Clearwater, a massive ocean-front park has been contracted to Skanska for its construction. The US$57 million park is a redevelopment project designed to transform Clearwater into a live-work-play destination that will attract residents and visitors, introduce new outdoor amenities, enhanced public spaces, and increase public safety. The redesigned 26-acre waterfront park will include a shaded bluff walk, new gardens, and a scenic lake, offering a greater variety of recreation such as pedestrian walkways, cycling, and community events. The park will also have a 4,000-seat bandshell covered amphitheater, backstage structures, and a 4-acre green for attendees to enjoy entertainment.
The waterfront in downtown Clearwater sits on a bluff along Florida’s coastline and the project will enhance by views of the Intracoastal Waterway and downtown Clearwater. Skanska hired Stantec Engineering to be the design partner in the project. Skanska’s long-standing commitment to the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area includes the construction of several public space projects, including the new St. Petersburg Pier, Pier Approach and Gateway, Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, and Kiley Gardens. Michael C Brown, the executive vice president, and general manager responsible for the building operations in Florida mentioned that “Imagine Clearwater is a model of how to transform underutilized public spaces into an active city center waterfront that will better meet the needs of the local community and visitors of all ages.”
Along with the construction of the ocean-front park, the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in downtown Tampa is constructing a 226,000-square-foot research and education facility at Johns Hopkins Medicine All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Tampa International Airport’s main passenger terminal is also in the works for renovation and expansion that has set back the government US$122 million.