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What We Do

Friends of the Riverwalk is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with the City of Tampa to develop, activate and promote Tampa's downtown waterfront.  Our goals are to connect the downtown riverfront parks, museums, attractions and businesses while supporting further expansion and development of the Riverwalk, creating an inviting outdoor destination and building a stronger sense of community. Membership is available.

Want to see more of the Tampa Riverwalk?

Use button below to see a stylized 3D model of downtown. Great to show proximity and scale of Tampa Bay and to understand the scope, walkability, and offerings of downtown. Platform was designed by Tampa Bay-based Imerza.

  • Judy Lisi, President and CEO of the Straz Center For the Performing Arts
    Judy Lisi, President and CEO of the Straz Center For the Performing Arts

    “The Straz Riverwalk Stage quickly became our venue of choice during the height of the pandemic. As the main halls remained mostly shuttered, we had performances outside that brought patrons back to The Straz with the added bonus of passersby on the Riverwalk stopping to watch as well. The stage was a workhorse for us with Jobsite and Opera Tampa productions, Arts Legacy REMIX performances and the literal icing on the cake – Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker Outdoor Wonderland showcased on multiple stages along the Riverwalk. Upcoming renovations at The Straz will provide more access and bring more performances along the Hillsborough River – a bonus for everyone.”

Tampa Riverwalk named 1 of the 15 best in the United States!

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Our Impact This Year

The Tampa Riverwalk provided much-needed respite for many during 2020 with an outdoor open area for individuals to enjoy and exercise.  We were proud to provide a safe place for mental and physical wellbeing.  We honored our mission by activating the Riverwalk with safe outdoor socially distanced events including mobile-based scavenger hunts, boat parades and holiday lights galore!  We will continue to safely activate the Riverwalk and look forward to providing free family-friendly events to residents and visitors.      

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Thank you to our generous corporate members: