New Bayshore Boulevard fitness trail won't cost taxpayers a dime

1:35 PM, Nov 12, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- The City of Tampa is unveiling a project to help its people get in shape.

And the cost to taxpayers is exactly equal to the number of pull-ups I can do: zero.

Birds chatter, dolphins splash, and sunlight glistens on Hillsborough Bay. Good luck finding a health club with a view like this.

Tampa has transformed one mile of its world-famous 4 1/2 mile Bayshore Boulevard sidewalk into the Bayshore Fitness Trail.

"I think it's a nice addition. It's good to have a little... extra workout in with your run," said Darren Alvarez, a South Tampa business owner who runs along Bayshore most mornings.

"If you stop mid-way, jump on there, do pull-ups, push-ups, things like that, it definitely helps out."

Alvarez has used old, worn-out workout equipment that's been scattered along the sidewalk for years. But that's all been replaced by ten top-of-the-line exercise stations.

It adds an extra chance for fitness for the thousands of folks who trek along this trail every week.

And they won't pay a penny for it.

Law firm Hill Ward Henderson picked up the entire $50,000 cost of the project, lunging at the chance to help Tampa stay fit.

"Government doesn't have the answers anymore. We certainly don't have all the resources anymore," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said.

"We need the private sector to step in and partner with us, whether it's on housing initiatives, whether it's on children's issues, or on something as simple as this -- that thousands of people will now get to use."

You'll find the fitness trail and its new equipment along the northern end of Bayshore Boulevard, starting at the bridges to Davis Islands and running south to Rome Avenue.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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