Tampa’s iconic Bayshore Boulevard is the longest continuous sidewalk in the world, it runs adjacent to Hillsborough Bay and is steps away from The Sanctuary. Residents will spot manatees breaching the surface, mama dolphins teaching their babies how to hunt in the mullet rich waters, blue crabs, migrating white pelicans, and majestic blue egrets. You will love your new front yard.
Nestled next door to The Sanctuary is Fred Ball Park. This hidden gem is an urban oasis which beckons you to enter into its magical space, lush green grass and tall trees that sway with the coastal breeze and provide for a lovely shaded stroll through the park. Sit in the gazebo or enjoy the bench swing taking a contemplative moment to be absorbed in the sights and sounds of the abundant nature around you.
At the center of Fred Ball Park is a fountain that was erected in 1906 and is fed by, Palma Ceia Spring, one of the few urban springs that are still in existence today. In the mid-1800’s, the spring was thought to have healing powers, and it attracted people from all over the country who wanted to bathe in the potent waters. In 1928, a large pool was constructed to accommodate tourists and Tampa’s growing population. Today, although much smaller than it was in the early 20th century, the walls of the fountain still exist with the original inscription from 1906. The fountain pays tribute to Tampa’s rich history. You will often see a variety of fish like sheepshead or snook seeking the dense nutrient outpouring from the spring as it drains into the bay across the street.
The Sanctuary is aptly named because your home is surrounded by the most beautiful natural surroundings Tampa has to offer.