City of Clearwater looks to energize, improve downtown waterfront

Over a five-month process, the city will engage Clearwater residents to reimagine the future of the downtown waterfront, including the area around Coachman Park.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA)– One of the best parts of living in sunny Florida is living close to the water and the city of Clearwater wants to capitalize on that!

A series of community meetings aimed at shaping the direction of the “Imagine Clearwater” project will kick off on Monday.

The plan will specifically focus on the 50-acre area west of Osceola Avenue, bordered by Drew Street to the north and Court Street to the south, including Coachman Park.

Home to Coachman Park, the waterfront is an important community gathering place, hosting cultural events that attract visitors from across the region. In recent decades, cities across Florida and nationwide have focused on transforming their waterfronts into community-strengthening assets, improving parks and open spaces and creating new opportunities to live, work and play.

“I enjoy the park, I enjoy watching the boats go in and out, just sitting here, people watching also and reading my book,” said Julia Fitzmaurice, a park visitor.

The city wants to attract more people like Fitzmaurice to the area, making it a destination to play and relax.

Those out and about, enjoying the park had some ideas on improvements they would like to see.

“There’s not enough things here to bring people out here, I believe maybe if they brought more attractions for kids, it would bring more families out here, and it might have more of a people atmosphere that would just bring people in itself,” said Jessica Hibbeln.

Three community meetings will be held in the coming week, where residents can learn more about the project and give their input to planners and developers.

·      August 1 6:30-8 p.m. Holiday Inn Express, 2580 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd.
·      August 2 6:30-8 p.m. Countryside Library, 2642 Sabal Springs Dr.
·      August 3 6-7:30 p.m. Downtown Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave.

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