Thanks to a large private donation, the city will replace all of the exercise equipment at the north end of Bayshore Boulevard.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn has not announced the name of the private firm that is funding the $70,000 project, but he plans to do so soon, said Greg Bayor, Tampa’s parks and recreation director.
Although details still are under negotiation, the plan is to update the exercise course and replace sand pits beneath the equipment with rubberized surfaces, Bayor said.
He said the city probably will order the equipment late this summer, so it will be a few months before the work is completed. The existing equipment still is safe to use and the city has put up signs alerting passersby about the coming changes.
The new course will require little maintenance and be durable enough to withstand the weather and saltwater that sometimes washes onto Bayshore. The donors exercise regularly, and they are helping select some of the new equipment, Bayor said.
The city would not be able to afford the changes without the donation, city officials said.
“It’s a step up,” Bayor said. “It really helps us out.”