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Location DB > United States > Florida > Tampa > Kiley Nationsbank Park
 Name
Kiley Nationsbank Park
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 Database Info
created by maxt on 12/4/2005 7:18 PM
last modified by Otaku on 8/8/2006 6:12 PM
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 Overview
 Description
Bicentinnaly/Kiley/NationsBank Park Plaza was built to honor the 200th anniversary of nation. It was originally envisioned as a park that would fuse landscaping and modern art into one coherent piece, unlike the absolutely insane "exploding chicken" on the corner of Kennedy Ave nearby. It consisted of a square grid with turf and trees, reflecting pools and channels for the water to collect and run through.

An ampitheater was also built overlooking the river and is a great place to just chill.

The City of Tampa is responsible for the upkeep of the park, and their policy appears to be "ignore it". Stones have been tossed to and fro by the natural progression of the trees' growth, the fountains have been turned off for years, and people are allowed to sleep there.

The trees haven't been trimmed in years, and there is a massive canopy covering the park now, but it's not as beautiful as it was say in the late nineties. The turf has also turned to dirt, there is human excrement in the ampitheater, and what has not been allowed to die has been allowed to run amok.

Sad, considering that Dan Kiley (b. 1912) is the only living landscape architect to have a landscape design bestowed with National Historic Landmark status, yet only he has the one piece of landscape architecture on the NHL list.
 Basic Information
Type: Outdoors
Status: Active
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information
Address
Between Tampa Musem of Art and the Round Tower
Tampa, Florida
United States
Owner: City of Tampa
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  •  Hazards
  • water
  • homeless people, bodily fluids, loose bricks
  •  Interesting Features
    Gorgeous park atmosphere, which when maintained completely erased the fact that you were downtown. It was a place you could go and sit, or listen to some local musicians.
     Security Measures
  • none
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1976
    Closed: 2005
     Required Equipment
  • towelettes
  •  Recommended Equipment

     History
    This park was begun in 1976 to honor the 200th birthday of the nation. It was finally completed in 1988 and was, truely, a work of art. It was comprised of fountains and reflecting pool, trees, modern art pieces as light fixtures and benches, and a half circle ampitheater overlooking the Hillsborough River and the Plant Hotel (aka the University of Tampa).
     Media Coverage
    http://www.tclf.org/kiley_tampa.htm


     Future Plans
    Both Nationsbank and Tampa Museum of Art want to expand, and this is the only place they can do it.
     Stories
    now open
    Tue, Jan 26th, 2010
    posted by cdevon


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     Photo Galleries
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    Calypso Calhoun!
    Sun, Dec 4th, 2005
    posted by maxt
    15 pictures
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    Why did Tampa let this park die?
    Fri, Apr 7th, 2006
    posted by Otaku
    25 pictures
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    Just a reminder...
    Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
    posted by graywolf46
    2 pictures
     


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     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 1/27/2010 12:09 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jan 27 10 at 0:09, Steed validated this location
  • on Jan 26 10 at 10:04, cdevon updated a story
  • on Jan 26 10 at 10:03, cdevon updated a story
  • on Jan 26 10 at 10:03, cdevon updated a story
  • on Jan 12 07 at 5:35, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jan 12 07 at 1:14, graywolf46 updated gallery picture 04-2003 090.jpg
  • on Jan 12 07 at 1:14, graywolf46 updated gallery picture 04-2003 089.jpg
  • on Jan 12 07 at 1:11, graywolf46 added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Jan 12 07 at 1:04, graywolf46 created a new gallery
  • on Aug 8 06 at 18:29, Emperor Wang validated this location
  •  Forum Threads about this Location
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Update on the parkDlgothv08123/14/2011 1:39 AM by Dlgothv
    You must log in for this feature to work.Stopping by here tonightjanus zeal28786/22/2010 3:03 PM by Otaku
    You must log in for this feature to work.Bulldozing soonmaxt610057/20/2009 3:46 AM by Otaku
    You must log in for this feature to work.Letter to the Mayor's officemaxt216841/16/2007 7:38 PM by Giggletlove
    You must log in for this feature to work.Statusnewc5188215491/16/2007 7:39 PM by Giggletlove
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