and Recreation Department was created by the City in 1962 and
TTWC members were appointed on the Department’s first Board.
Many ideas for service to the community resulted through
activities with this Department. Members also served on a city
wide beautification program. When the City of Temple
Terrace started a program called ‘Adopt A Park’ in 1982, it
asked various clubs and organizations to sponsor a local park.
TTWC undertook the responsibility for the largest park in the
City (at that time) - The Riverhills Park.
This Park is located on the Hillsborough River near the
Riverhills Elementary School and has hundreds of trees which
shade the area. This became the Community Improvement Project of
the Club for 1981. After this adoption many improvements
were made. The Parks and Recreation Department recommended that
TTWC consider constructing a Gazebo in the Park. A beautiful
design was presented and both TTWC and the City approved it.
Because of the size of the project, it was funded through a
joint effort of the public and TTWC. Contributions from the
public were solicited through a letter to the citizens and a
newspaper campaign. Materials were furnished by TTWC for around
$13,000. At the dedication on October 7, 1984 it was estimated
that the Gazebo would have cost $25,000 if several construction
companies had not donated their services. TTWC added a
‘Foot Bridge’ forty feet long (for around $2,500) which
opened up the area for more use by the public. Other items were
donated such as outdoor cooking facilities, benches, tables and
wooden playground equipment. This has resulted in many more
family activities in the Park.
In 1986 the Riverwalk began to take shape. The plan was to build
a wooden walk at the river’s edge protected with railings. It
took almost nine months to obtain the necessary environmental
and State permits before construction could begin. A unique
method of fund raising was initiated. Individuals could purchase
a plank for $50 or a bench for $450 + $60 (engraving) and have names routed on
these units. The public responded enthusiastically and TTWC also
budgeted money each year from the general fund so that additions
would be in 100 foot sections. Eventually the City provided some
matching funds. The sections were built as money became
available and employees of the City Parks and Recreation
Department donated their time routing the names on the planks
and benches. It is estimated that over $27,000 has been spent on
the Riverwalk during the nine year period. It extends
approximately 1100 feet and additional sections will be added as
contributions are received from the public. Currently there are
over 2100 planks and 37 benches in place. This park
has become a focal point for City activities for festivals,
Fourth of July events, and a special place for many people who
have used it for weddings, memorial services and family
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