The Tangerine Greenway is an existing linear park within the City of Gulfport’s northern neighborhoods. A multi-use pathway roams through the green space and connects 49th Street to Tomlinson Park; this includes both paved and bridge elements. The east end near 49th Street South has long-time been used for community events and a weekend market.
The City of Gulfport, Florida desired to pursue a reuse project within the Tangerine Greenway (from 49th Street South to 54th Street South) and obtained public input while building consensus on the preferred conceptual plan for future use. The community was engaged during two workshops in the summer of 2016. The first workshop was conducted as a community listening session where participants were asked questions relating to (i) how the park functions, (ii) existing positive and negatives, (iii) needed/desired enhancements, and (iv) opportunities for future use. The second community workshop for the Tangerine Greenway was held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. This workshop was conducted to provide comments and feedback on the two conceptual plans that were intended to reflect the sentiments received in the first workshop.
The 49th Street Redevelopment Plan identified a project that would create a historic neighborhood theme utilizing the old Trolley route, including building a replica of a Trolley as an attraction and welcoming point. The project is referenced to be the Trolley Market Square, designed to denote the historical significance of the Trolley while providing a link to the commercial businesses throughout the 49th Street Redevelopment Area.
The City of Gulfport awarded funding for this project with the understanding that CDBG funds are expected to be used in concert with other funding sources, including Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) funds. While this is a park project, it is also an environmental remediation project.