F. E. Lykes Foundation

CURTIS HIXON PARK


Curtis Hixon Park  |  Tampa Downtown Waterfront

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"For many people, a public park without a fountain is like a beach without water. But when city officials worked out cost estimates for the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park project this year [2008], they reluctantly decided to shelve plans for fountains and other amenities. That is, until philanthropist Norma Gene Lykes came into the picture. Her nonprofit group, the F.E. Lykes Foundation, last week donated $1 million to pay for a giant fountain at the gateway to the park and two smaller ones on the riverfront. Mayor Pam Iorio called the donation a prime example of the private sector contributing to downtown redevelopment." For full article:  http://www.tbo.com/news/metro/2008/sep/08/me-citys-waterfront-park-gets-gift-of-fountains-ar-126788/