More than ever before, Tampa has become a destination for entrepreneurs, tourists, and urban dwellers. With the completion of the Riverwalk, the area surrounding and including Kiley Garden has become a focal point of our "city on the verge." All too often, however, visitors consider Kiley Garden to be a part of Curtis Hixon Park rather than a uniquely sophisticated "sister" park.
Whereas Curtis Hixon embraced a full-sun layout, Kiley Garden was meant to provide respite from the Florida heat - a lush garden overlooking the Hillsborough River and The University of Tampa.
Care is needed, but nothing physically precludes the restoration of the trees and amphitheater. Doing so will bring value to the adjacent property owners and businesses and elevate Tampa’s reputation for investors and travelers. And even more, it will restore the prominence of one of Tampa's most intellectually beautiful green spaces.
Raise awareness about the historical and architectural significance of the garden and educate the public about the feasibility of restoring it into an outdoor space that we can be proud of.
Foster public/private interests to invest in the exhibit "The Legacy of Dan Kiley" by The Cultural Landscape Foundation at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in April, 2022.
Assess the current structural and security conditions in Kiley Garden and develop plans for additional restoration of the amphitheater and installation of trees.