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As you stand on the corner of Main Street and Bank, to your right are new shops that recently opened in New Port Richey, to your left is the historic Hacienda Hotel that is undergoing a revitalization project to transform into a Boutique Hotel and at the end of the block, after the Hacienda, is Sims Park. a regular presence in our parks and interacting with residents and visitors. Our officers get out of their vehicles to walk the sidewalks along Main Street and ride their bikes through the parks. This proactive approach has contributed to our city's recovery. * The Recreation Department hosts special events in Sims Park with forethought to how the event can positively impact our downtown, such as a History Walking Tour with 150 participants highlighting our downtown community theater as one of the destinations. Family movie nights in Sims Park enable families to have dinner downtown, grab an iced coffee or ice cream and then walk to a free movie in the park. Downtown New Port Richey is alive with a variety of shows and restaurants. Contributors come from many fronts. The front line staff of the Grounds Maintenance Division takes special care of Sims Park every day. There is great pride in these employees; a pride in their park and in what they do. And it shows. In addition to the daily cleaning of the park, the staff greets visitors, relays information about Sims Park amenities and events and even provides directions to local restaurants and shops. So how does one park improvement project effect change and impact economic development? The park becomes the heart of the city, creating a community and drawing people together. The Sims Park Improvement Project emphasized an open line of sight through the park as well as providing for lush green space covered by a beautiful tree canopy. With the completion of the project, many of our residents expressed how the park has a different and a better "feel." Sims Park is alive and well, and it has breathed new life into downtown and into our neighborhoods. Once again people are moving to our city, to live here, to open a business, and to have a place where they feel they belong. They enjoy our beautiful parks. This is why we believe in what we do, and why parks play such a vital role in our economic development. We create places where families feel safe and where they can create memories to last a lifetime. ■ A CLEAR SOURCE OF FUN Bring people of all ages together with fun aquatic play. All through the wonder of water. World leader in aquatic play solutions with over 6,000 installations worldwide 1.877.586.7839 (USA/CND) | info@vortex-intl.com VORTEX-INTL.COM 817409_Vortex.indd 1 fall 2016 | frpa journal 04/08/16 21 3:51 AM http://VORTEX-INTL.COM http://www.VORTEX-INTL.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of FRPA Journal - Fall 2016

A Message from the President of FRPA
A Message from the Executive Director of FRPA
Parks and Recreation: What is the Real Value in What We Do?
FRPA Agency Profile
Book Review
Economic Impact of the Underline
Urban Forest Management – The City of Tampa’s Story
The Importance of Structural Pruning of Hardwood Trees
A City’s Rebirth through Park Improvements
“Thank You for My New Bicycle”
Florida’s Emerging Trail Towns
New Urbanism… What’s It All About?
Index of Advertisers
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - A Message from the President of FRPA
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - A Message from the Executive Director of FRPA
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Parks and Recreation: What is the Real Value in What We Do?
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 12
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - FRPA Agency Profile
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Book Review
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Economic Impact of the Underline
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Urban Forest Management – The City of Tampa’s Story
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - The Importance of Structural Pruning of Hardwood Trees
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 19
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - A City’s Rebirth through Park Improvements
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 21
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - “Thank You for My New Bicycle”
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 23
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Florida’s Emerging Trail Towns
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - New Urbanism… What’s It All About?
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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