Open House – The City of St. Petersburg is holding a series of events over the coming weeks in order to loop the public in on their plans for the highly anticipated Pier District Project.
Following a brief overview of the pier project by city staff and members of the pier design team, officials say the public will be invited to offer suggestions about the ‘Pier Approach’ and programming ideas on the pier via roundtable discussions.
The events will be held at the following dates and locations. All will run from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, September 13:
Roberts Recreation Center, 1246 50th Ave. N., St. Petersburg
- Wednesday, September 14:
J.W. Cate Recreation Center, 5801 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg
- Tuesday, September 20:
Lake Vista Recreation Center, 1401 62nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg
A New Pier For Everyone
A process that started in 2014, shortly after Mayor Kriseman took office, is underway for the development of a new Pier for St. Petersburg.
Initially, funds were allocated for the development of a new Pier, from Spa Beach to the end of the Pier Head. However, an additional $20 million to develop the Pier approach became available through TIF funds from the downtown tax district. The Pier approach connects the Pier to the downtown business core (Beach Drive and Bayshore Boulevard) and its boundaries follow the waterfront from the Vinoy to Pioneer Park.
The new pier district, encompassing the area below, will provide interactive experiences throughout this area and along its 3,065 foot length. Visitors can choose their experience throughout the area, and its exploration and activity areas provide a multitude of flexible programs and experiences for both tourists and the local community – from children to seniors, nature lovers to boaters, fishermen to fine diners.
It is a hub for activity, not only at the pier head, but also all along its length while offering a multitude of smaller and more flexible programs and experiences.