By: Del Acosta
For over a decade, your neighborhood association has worked to implement a significant number of ambitious projects to reinforce the historic character and livability of Historic Hyde Park. The neighborhood’s historic street signs, Bern’s Park, the Swann Avenue Gateway, including the recently completed Swann Pond at Hyde Park Village, and the landscaping at the VFW building rehabilitation are a few of the successfully completed projects of the HHPNA. Funding for these projects was made possible by proceeds from the Historic Hyde Park annual home tours, Hyde Park Patrons Parties, public finance, and generous contributions from individuals. We want to continue these activities by identifying those projects that you think are the highest priority.
As a neighborhood and in conjunction with our surrounding neighborhoods, because the area is so desirable, we continue to face pressures. To develop a long term vision for our neighborhood which we can use for our own plans and to communicate our desires with others, your neighborhood association has initiated the development of a Hyde Park Urban Design Master Plan. The purpose of the plan will be to identify future HHPNA capital projects by refining short and long term goals based upon communit input. A professional urban design consultant will be retained to help the neighborhood classify priorities and provide Hyde Park with a vision plan.
YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED to help your board understand what you think our community’s current needs – projects that are important and relatively easy to do now — and what you believe Hyde Park should look like in the future.
The task is simple – forward comments or ideas on how you would like to see Historic Hyde Park look in the future. Examples of potential planning projects include – but are not limited to – replacement of existing street lighting with historic lighting, underground utilities, streetscaping, or more parks. Please forward written ideas to email@example.com or mail your response to Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, P.O. Box 2990, Tampa, FL 33601-2990. The next issue of The Forum will include a summary of the comments received and an update on the progress being made on the Urban Design Master Plan.