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Upgraded fitness trail opens along Bayshore Boulevard

Published:   |   Updated: November 12, 2013 at 04:55 PM

SOUTH TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who jokes that he can't even do a single pull-up, now has no excuse to avoid exercising along Bayshore Boulevard, he said.

Buckhorn and representatives from Hill Ward Henderson on Tuesday dedicated the newly upgraded Bayshore Fitness Trail, made possible by a $50,000 donation from the law firm earlier this year.

“We're hoping that the Bayshore Fitness Trail is something that our citizens and visitors will enjoy,” said Jim Robbins, managing shareholder at Hill Ward Henderson.

The equipment has been replaced at all 10 fitness stations on the trail, which stretches along Bayshore from the Davis Islands bridges south to Rome Avenue. Workers also replaced the sand pits at each station with weather- and saltwater-resistant rubber surfaces.

The new equipment includes upgraded leg and hip stretchers, a pommel horse and a sit-up bench.

“They'll be fitter than me,” Buckhorn said about people exercising along the trail.

He said Bayshore Boulevard has gotten the attention it deserves in the past two years, as the city spent thousands of dollars to resurface the road and improve the landscaping.

Buckhorn called Bayshore Tampa's “signature street” as he thanked Hill Ward Henderson for its donation.

“Bayshore is a better place and our community will be a healthier place,” he said.

— Elizabeth Behrman

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