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New Tampa

New Tampa was first settled in the mid-19th century, but remained undeveloped until the late-1980s, when the city of Tampa annexed the 24mile area. Its oldest neighborhood being Pebble Creek with its oldest area residing within the Tampa city limits being Tampa Palms. Although originally developed when the area was still unincorporated, it did not thrive until the district boom of the 1990s. Most of the city’s growth in the 1990s occurred in this district.

New Tampa not only encompasses both a 24 mile area within the city limits of Tampa, But contains  a larger land area that is in unincorporated Hillsborough, but retains a Tampa mailing address.

It’s one of the largest city neighborhoods. The population has grown rapidly since being annexed by the city of Tampa in 1988. With many master planned residential communities and more to come. You’ll find plenty of Big-box stores transforming this once rural area.

“New Tampa” may also refer to a larger area that includes the area described above as well as parts of Wesley Chapel, an unincorporated area that abuts Hillsborough County to the north. Although neither technically nor officially part of the Tampa designated neighborhood New Tampa, most Tampa area residents identify the entire area as New Tampa.

Several retail outlets in the area have been completed Shops at Wiregrass in nearby Wesley Chapel, Cypress Creek Town Center, near Wesley Chapel and Lutz. And famous roadways such as Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.

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Flatwoods Conservation Park

This county-managed park is part of the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve (LHWP) and is accessible by the Bruce B. Downs Boulevard or Morris Bridge Road entrance. It is home to the Morris Bridge Well-Field which supplies the Tampa Bay region with an average of 8 million gallons of water per day. This woodland area also has a paved bicycle loop, off road bike trails, remote picnicking, and nature trails.

New Tampa Center

Located in New Tampa Community Park, the recreation center has a 12,500 square-foot gymnastics area, which includes a gymnastics pit, tumbling strip, and full apparatus gymnastic equipment for all competitive Olympic events. The center offers both gymnastic and dance classes. In addition to the gymnastics area, the center features a concrete bi-level street skate park with pyramids, stairs, wedges and grind rails, and a series of quarter-pipe turns.

New Tampa Nature Park

This park is managed by the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department and is located off of Dona Michelle Drive near Interstate 75. The wooded park features paved and unpaved trails for hiking and biking. There are picnic areas and a playground featuring a small ropes course.

New Tampa Regional Library

Located on Cross Creek Boulevard, this 25,000 square foot library offers a variety of free programs for New Tampa residents and the surrounding community including technology instruction and early literacy classes. The library is also home to numerous works of art via Hillsborough County’s Public Art Program.


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