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Waterfront Parks Foundation
Proudly supporting St. Petersburg, Florida's waterfront parks!

Message From Our President

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and we all look forward to a happy and prosperous New Year.

The Foundation has celebrated a successful year in the preservation, protection and promotion of our amazing waterfront parks. Our annual Champagne Shuffle event was a great success; we raised matching grant funds for the crafting of land use and zoning changes to clarify conflicting regulations; our website has been completely restructured and we are now visible on all social media platforms; and we have made several community presentations on the future of our waterfront park system.

The new year promises to include the completion of many new and ongoing projects of the Foundation. Through the generosity of donors, special projects will be initiated: design and installation of a prototypical swing, floral plantings at high focal areas of the park system, relocation/removal of unnecessary utilities, review and refurbishment of benches and trash receptacles, review of signage within the parks, enhancement of accent and pedestrian lighting, and development of a community speakers team.

All of these projects cannot be accomplished without the help of the community—both financially and physically. To accomplish the physical needs of these tasks, the Board has initiated an invitation to our community members who are passionate about our waterfront parks to join one or more of our service committees. Thorough descriptions of these committees can be found on the Volunteer page of our website. The Waterfront Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and as such, cannot have “members” other than Board members. While our Board members work hard to accomplish the Foundation’s Mission, we have many more projects than we can accomplish alone. I ask you to review the list of the Foundation Committees and select one or more that you would like to help with. The Foundation is grateful and considerate of each volunteer’s time and will limit participation only to what is necessary to achieve the committee’s objectives.

2020 promises to be an exciting and fruitful year for the Waterfront Parks Foundation and we look forward to the participation of our community to help us Protect, Preserve and Promote our treasured Waterfront Parks.

Thank you and Happy Holidays,
Phil Graham, Jr.
Waterfront Parks Foundation

New Vice President

New WPF Vice President Logan DeVicente
One of the newer members of the WPF wasted no time in committing his time and talent in a big way! Logan DeVicente, who joined the WPF Board in 2018, now serves on the WPF Executive Committee as Vice President. He joins Founder and President Phil Graham, Jr., Secretary Charles Osterholt and Treasurer Tami Simms. 
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Volunteers Wanted

Volunteers Wanted
Let’s make 2020 the WPF Year for Action! With your help, we can really make a difference by supporting the WPF’s efforts to preserve, protect and promote our waterfront parks. Volunteers are sought for committees that include Land Use & Zoning, Utility Structures, Benches & Receptacles, Signage, Floral Plantings, Swings, Lighting, Fundraising, and Outreach & Advocacy. Read complete descriptions of these committees and sign up using the link below. 
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Save the Date

Get your group together and mark your calendars for our WPF annual fundraiser, Champagne Shuffle, which takes place on Sunday, April 5 at the historic St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club. The event gets bigger and better every year! In addition to the complimentary glass of bubbly, appetizers and ...
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Featured Park

Flora Wylie Park
As you head east along Coffee Pot Boulevard and round the curve along the waterfront onto North Shore Drive, the first park you come to is Flora Wylie Park, which extends from 18th to 13th Avenues NE. The Centennial Sundial, designed by nationally-known St. Petersburg sculptor Eric Higgs, was commissioned as part of the 2010 St. Petersburg Centennial Celebration. Coincidentally, from the 1930s to the 1970s, the same location had been the site of previous sundials...
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Marketing Committee Sets the Pace

As the Waterfront Parks Foundation gears up for a productive 2020, our efforts have been enhanced by the earnest labors of the WPF Marketing Committee.
As you can see, our recently revamped website continues to evolve in the best way, with new videos and additional images featuring the unique aspects of each of the waterfront parks. Be sure to check back regularly for new views of the parks. 

Our revamped Facebook page debuted in September with an initial promotion for our Preserve the ’Burg’s October “Movies in the Park” sponsorship. This sponsorship resulted in some unexpected exposure thanks to a special substitution on October 10th, when the event featured the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Houston Astros in the post-season playoff Game 5. The event’s enthusiastic turnout that evening provided terrific publicity for our WPF sponsorship efforts. 

Our Marketing Committee members are now busy supporting the Champagne Shuffle Committee to enhance the marketing, promotional and communications efforts for WPF's signature event, the 3rd Annual Champagne Shuffle, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 5, 2020. It promises to be another fun-filled event with friends and families from all over St. Pete!
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Board of Directors


President—Phil Graham, Jr.
Vice President—Logan DeVicente
Secretary—Charles Osterholt
Treasurer—Tami Simms

Board Members
Peter Betzer
Robert J. Carter
Colleen Crutchfield
Bill Dahl
JP Fatseas
Doug Fisher
David Fischer
Harvey Ford
Philip Graham, IV
Dr. Patti Helton
Mack Hicks
Don Howe
Joan Jaicks
W. Richard (Dick) Johnston
Will Michaels
Sally Poynter
Ross Preville
Robert Ulrich
Therese P. Johnson - Executive Administrator
Downtown Waterfront Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. Tax ID# 46-1298072.

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