The intent was to rejuvenate the park area to create a more attractive and welcome space for people to experience at night. During phase I programming, the park saw an increase in foot traffic which continued to grow even after the dedication ceremony of the fountains. Because of the success of Phase 1, the city proceeded to Phase 2 up lighting the palm trees. That created a colorful and inviting seating area near the fountains for visiting patrons. Phase III brought the entire Riverwalk consisting of 125 fixtures along the coast line to current technology to match the previous phase lighting systems.
Impact on the end user
The Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Riverwalk are a shining example of how lighting impacts and draws local residents to an area that was not previously utilized where they can now safely socialize, run, workout, or attend a food truck events. The synergy between SESCO Lighting and the City of Tampa provided us with an opportunity to design a single project and expand on it, thus benefiting the residents. Additionally, our ongoing service contract makes it easy for the city to hold special events and make lighting changes as needed.