Residents of The Big Guava can look forward to returning to some of their favorite stomping grounds as all Tampa beaches, parks, and riverfront plazas will be reopening this weekend on Saturday, May 16. Several park amenities that were previously closed will also be opening. It’s finally time to dust off those tennis rackets and training shoes!

You can enjoy the sunshine and river views this weekend at Julian B. Lane Riverfront, Ballast Point, and Curtis Hixon parks, as well as Waterworks. Bayshore Boulevard will also be opening, but only on the southern end.

Residents can also access tennis, pickleball, and racquetball courts once again but will be limited to two people per court. Basketball courts, on the other hand, will remain closed at this time. Sorry dunkers, your time will come soon.

Water lovers will be able to take advantage of the freshly opened kayak and canoe launches, as well as athletic fields, disc golf, and even skate parks.

Additionally, select public restrooms will reopen. No more holding it until you get back home!

A list of public pools also begin reopening on Saturday, but will be limited to lap lanes and require appointments in advance. A few of the opening pool locations include Sulphur Springs, Interbay, Del Rio, and Cyrus Greene.

The announcement comes on the heels of beaches and park trails that began limited reopenings about a week ago.

Park-goers are urged to stay diligent in their continued practice of social distancing and only gather in groups of less than 10 people.

If you're planning a beach day for the weekend, be sure to keep an eye out for dangerous surf and tide advisories, as both of Florida’s coasts are currently being rocked by life-threatening rip currents.

Those who've been missing the fresh air can look forward to getting back to nature this weekend. Happy trails!

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.