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Imagine Clearwater Kickoff (gallery)

The late John Lennon didn’t have Coachman Park in mind when he wrote “Imagine,” but nonetheless it’s a fitting moniker for a project that most certainly strains the boundaries of imagination. We’re talking here of a $84 million redevelopment of the waterfront abutting downtown that’s fittingly known as Imagine Clearwater. 

What can $84 million buy? A lot! The bulldozers have already started plowing for what will be 24 acres that includes a 4,000-seat covered Amphitheater, a spectacular gateway plaza and bluff connecting the park to downtown, a lake area with picnic shelters, a bay walk promenade, an ocean-themed play area with an interactive pop-jet water feature and so much more.

The city of Clearwater held an Imagine Clearwater kick-off ceremony on Friday, September 3, at the Clearwater Main Library overlooking Coachman Park, to celebrate the highly anticipated project.

Attendees included past and present Clearwater council members, city department heads and employees, community leaders, local dignitaries and members of Stantec, the design firm.

Stantec design team

Members of the public and television news cameras were also present.

Karen Mayer, representing Congressman Gus Bilirakis, and Florida State Senator Ed Hooper also attended.

Karen Mayer of Congressman Gus Bilirakis’ office
Florida State Senator Ed Hooper

Florida District 13 Congressman Charlie Crist sent a video greeting.

Mayor Frank Hibbard reminded everyone that former City Manager Bill Horne, who passed away unexpectedly three weeks ago, would have been proud to see Imagine Clearwater evolve from a foggy idea hatched many years ago to becoming a defined reality.

As Mayor Hibbard put it, Imagine Clearwater will be something of great pride to generations of residents and visitors, and that it promises to continue Clearwater’s reputation as a premier destination offering diverse activities, with something for everyone.

Former Mayor George Cretekos and Current Mayor Frank Hibbard
Memorial posters for former City Manager Bill Horne
Florida State Senator Ed Hooper
Clearwater Police Chief Daniel Slaughter
Chuck Warrington, Executive Director of Clearwater Gas System
Community leader Lina Teixeira of Lina Teixeira Wearable Art
Scott Sousa of Clear Sky on Cleveland and Mike Mastruserio of Pro Forma Downtown
Carolyn and George Cretekos
City Clerk Rosemarie Call
Former City Councilman Dr. Bob Cundiff
Assistant City Manager Michael Delk
Kristina Alspaw, Executive VP of Amplify Clearwater
Heather Parsons, Sr. Public Information Coordinator
Karen Cunningham, Former President of the Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition, and Howard Warshauer of the Clearwater Community Gardens
Dan Parri of The Parri Law Firm
Keanan Kintzel
Mayor Frank Hibbard
Clearwater Councilmembers David Allbritton, Hoyt Hamilton and Kathleen Beckman
Public Communications Director Joelle Castelli and Downtown CRA Director Amanda Thompson

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New Imagine Clearwater Video

New Completed Designs for Imagine Clearwater

Why Businesses Choose Clearwater

360-Degree Views of Downtown Clearwater

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