Monday, April 12, 2010

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Combine a warm spring day with a lazy Sunday afternoon and you get playful family time in Tampa's Riverwalk. My family are not strangers to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park which is embraced by the new Tampa Museum of Art in downtown Tampa.

You can plainly see how much fun my son and daughter had by the huge grins on their faces. The atmosphere in the park was perfect. Good weather and no crowds proved to be a perfect recipe for fun and photographs. My son's mood turned for the worse earlier in the day and the remedy could not have arrived soon enough. As the picture above illustrates, the medicine worked well.

My daughter was glowing with victory this weekend because her youth soccer team won their first season game despite consecutive losses. Go Cheetahs! You can see her team rise to fame in my recent youth soccer post.

My son will have to wait one more year before he can tear up the turf. He has adopted one of my daughter's pink soccer balls to practice for himself and has no intention of giving the ball back to her sister. The only exceptions would be if there is soda, ice cream or Happy Meal toy for exchange, of course.

The stained glass mural behind my daughter in the photo is from the upcoming Glazer Children's Museum which is next to the Tampa Museum of Art. Every young boy and girl will have to wait until the Fall of 2010 before it opens to the public. I will be one of the many excited families first in line. For now, we can only gaze at the half empty building when we play in the adjacent Tampa Riverwalk.

I am not a fortune teller or a tribal shaman, but I can surely predict my family will be back to this wonderful park many times over. I am optimistic about Tampa's plans for its downtown to attract development, the arts and culture. My wife met the Mayor of Tampa, Pam Iorio, when my family went to the grand opening of the Tampa Museum of Art back in February. We told her personally we are looking forward to the upcoming improvements to downtown.

I will end this post with two HD DSLR videos above. The first one displays the water features of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The second video showcases the Tampa Museum of Art Experience.

View more of the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in The Tampa Museum of Art Gallery.

View more HD DSLR Videos and photos in the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV Video Test Gallery.

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