Softball Players at North Shore ParkSt. Petersburg's Downtown Waterfront Parks System is one of Four Finalists for the 2022 Great Places in Florida People's Choice Award

These finalists contribute to their greater community’s social, economic, and environmental well-being for the long term. 

Community Amenities

All four finalists have community amenities that encourage activity and exploration. Whether it’s a bicycle or greenway network, concerted efforts for social interaction and/or aging in place, access to locally sourced foods, a commitment to sustainable ecosystems and the environment, or the active involvement of children in the community – healthy living has no boundaries. 

About Our Waterfront Parks System

The St. Petersburg Downtown Waterfront Parks are one of the most important assets of our community and a ‘Great Healthy Place’ for residents and visitors. The parks are a primary driver of our strong economy, reflective of our city’s active lifestyle, and a key reason that people love St. Pete... the Sunshine City!

The 160-acre waterfront parks promote healthy activities, with facilities, venues, programs and events that encourage vibrant good health for body, mind and spirit. Our 7 miles of shoreline parks include an aquatic center, tennis courts, outdoor exercise pavilion, volleyball courts, soccer stadium, softball field, bike and walking paths, fishing, beaches, play structures, a sailing center, and more. Popular events include the renowned Saturday Morning Fresh Market, St. Anthony’s Triathlon, Health & Wellness Expos, Heroes Memorial Run, swimming and bayside environmental programs.

St. Petersburg’s expansive waterfront parks foster an inclusive and healthy lifestyle for all ages to enjoy!

Below is the video that was submitted to the APA.


2022 Great Places Submission Video

About APA Florida

American Planning Association's (APA) logoThe American Planning Association and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are organized to advance the art and science of planning and to foster the activity of planning — physical, economic, and social — at the local, regional, state, and national levels.

The objective of the Association is to encourage planning that will contribute to public well-being by developing communities and environments that meet the needs of people and of society more effectively.

The Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association serves APA members in the state. APA Florida is the state-level resource for networking and professional development. When you join APA and reside in Florida, you automatically become a member of APA Florida. 

The Florida Chapter provides members the opportunity to share experiences with colleagues and to broaden perspectives. The chapter holds an annual conference, educational workshops, AICP exam preparation courses, and produces a newsletter. APA Florida also conducts legislative programs, sponsors training workshops, conducts an awards program, and provides public information to and about the planning profession. Learn more at