Posted September 22, 2022 | 12:19 PM

Hillsborough Seeks Input on Improvements to Veterans Memorial Park

Veterans, residents invited to Sept. 27 open house to help shape future of park

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2022) - Hillsborough County is asking for public input on how to make Veterans Memorial Park an even better resource for veterans, residents and visitors to learn about the nation's wars and conflicts and pay respect to the millions of veterans who served our country.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, veterans and residents are invited to an open house to help prioritize potential improvements and amenities identified from online public input and an open house earlier this year. The open house will be from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park Resource Center, 3601 N. U.S. 301, Tampa, FL 33619. An online engagement opportunity will also be available following the open house.

Earlier feedback showed support for the following items:

  • Park entrance and entry signage
  • Signage and wayfinding throughout the park
  • Meditation garden
  • Active learning zone
  • Museum renovation
  • Expansion of the Veterans Resource Center
  • New pavilion

Input from Tuesday's open house will help generate 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, is working with the University of South Florida's Florida Center for Community Design and Research to create a master plan for the park.

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 and tranquil setting for reading, reflection, meditation, picnicking, family gatherings, or walking/jogging its many paths, which include a fitness trail along the Bypass Canal.

Aerial video of memorials at Veterans Memorial Park

What: Open house on improvements to Veterans Memorial Park
When: 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27
Where: Veterans Memorial Park Resource Center, 3601 N. U.S. 301, Tampa, FL 33619



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