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Revitalized Parks

Community Partners in Revitalization (FKA Tampa Bay Housing and Community Partnership) is honored to have worked with the City of Tampa for the revitalization of Williams Park, Grant Park, Oak Park and Fernando Mesa Park.

Tampa, along with most US cities, is experiencing a reduction in available funds for maintaining and revitalizing our cherished green spaces.  CPR  offered to provide services and upgrades to the residents of Tampa at no cost to the City.  Tampa's governmental leadership asked that we prioritize Williams and Grant Parks for immediate improvements that include:

  • New landscaping with a focus on Florida-Friendly plants and foliage
  • New roofing at shelters to provide both sun and rain protection for citizens
  • Painting public restrooms to improve conditions
  • Pressure washing where needed to remove dirt and miscellaneous growth
  • Playground mulch and/or sod in areas that require additional child safety attention
  • New restroom fixtures
  • Erosion control and new sod
  • Buffer plantings

At CPR we express our sincere gratitude to the generous contributions of our vendor partners in the revitalization effort:

  • LMP Landscaping
  • Raymow Landscaping
  • Cornerstone
  • RSC Painting
  • A Paradise Look
  • MR Contractors
  • The dedicated employees of Meritus Corporation

Fernando Mesa Park (Fall 2011)

Formerly Morgan Street Park, the City of Tampa renamed the park to Fernando Rodriguez Mesa Park in 2005. It honors Fernando Mesa and his contributions to the community through extensive volunteer work and his work with organizations such as the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Let's Be Happy Club.

Oak Park (Fall 2011)

Oak Park Community Center

Williams Park (Summer 2010)

Williams Park Activity Center 

UPDATE July 2013 - Pool finally reopens.  Read the story here.

Grant Park (Summer 2010)

Grant Park boundaries are Uceta Yard to the south, Highland Pines to the west, East Lake-Orient Park to the east and north.

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,840 people and 558 households residing in the neighborhood. The population density was 7,493/mi². The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 19% White, 73% African American, 0% Native American, 1% Asian, 4% from other races, and 2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were about 15% of the population.

There were 558 households out of which 39% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 23% were married couples living together, 42% had a female householder with no husband present, and 7% were non-families. 20% of all households were made up of individuals.

In the neighborhood the population was spread out with 36% under the age of 18, 24% from 18 to 34, 20% from 35 to 49, 14% from 50 to 64, and 6% who were 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females there were 85.7 males.

The per capita income for the neighborhood was $8,652. About 40.0% of the population were below the poverty line.

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