It appears we have received our first look at what the City may have planned for the upcoming Bridge District project.
Project DTO identified the parking lots under the I-4 as a potential home of a potential new park space called the Bridge District in their final report, which we looked at HERE.
When the Parking Lot 9 under the interstate was about to be closed, we had heard rumors that they would in fact not re-open again and would be transformed into the new Bridge District that the City has been hoping to build for years. When we reached out to the City this past June, this is what they told us:
The Bridge District has long been a vision for the City under the I-4 overpass for quite some time. That vision has also been recently supported by the Project DTO task force and solidified in the new Downtown Outlook plan. As to what that entails though is still to be determined. As construction under I-4 happens and that area changes, this will begin to materialize and we will know more then. In the meantime, we will continue to work with FDOT to envision what this will look like and how we can connect the Downtown neighborhoods on both sides.
According to the City’s website, the Bridge District will be constructed under the I-4 overpass as the I-4 Ultimate construction continues. The new park will have new architectural and design features like improved lighting, public artworks, and green space.
The Daily City recently released the above brainstorming graphic that the City had not yet officially released. Click HERE to see their story. It is important to note that this is not the official plan for the new park, it is simply a draft of what it could be like. Nothing has been cemented at this time.
From what we can make out in the rendering, the City is hoping to have food truck parking and cafe seating, a boardwalk, pop-up event spaces, games like life-sized chess boards, a dog run, splash pads and toddler play areas, a LYNX super stop, swings, and athletic fields. But again, this is not an official final rendering. This is just a draft.