Workshop, Open House To Seek Input On Future Of Veterans Park

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TAMPA, FL — Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park has long served as a place where veterans and residents can learn about the nation’s wars and conflicts and pay respect to the millions of veterans who served their country. Now, Hillsborough County wants input on how to make the park even better.

Veterans and residents are invited to give input on how they use the park and what they would like to see at the park in the future during a March 31 workshop and open house. The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon, with the open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Both events will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 N. U.S. 301, Tampa.

Workshop participants are asked to register in advance. The workshop will feature facilitators to help attendees explore options for the park in the future, including programs and services. Registration is not required for the open house. An online engagement opportunity will also be available for three weeks following the open house.

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Feedback from the workshop and open house will help identify how veterans and residents use the park and generate a consensus and a vision for the future.

Hillsborough County Conservation & Environmental Lands Management, which owns the property, and Hillsborough County Consumer & Veterans Services, which runs day-to-day operations, will work with the University of South Florida’s Florida Center for Community Design and Research to create a master plan for the park.

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Veterans Memorial Park is home to 14 war memorials, the Veterans Resource Center and the Rear Admiral Leroy Collins Jr. Veterans Museum. It also serves as a venue for regional ceremonies on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Patriot Day, along with a variety of other organized events.

Established oak trees provide a well-shaded setting for reading or picnicking and the park includes walking and jogging paths along the Tampa Bypass Canal.

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