“I think this is going to be our new Millennial Park, our new Central Park. and we’re a city of parks,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman. “This new iteration is completely different … from the moment you make that turn off of Bayshore into the pier district, you’re gonna have different experiences that take you along the way before you ever get to the pierhead itself.”
There will be two main restaurants, plus a pavilion between the splash pad and the playground where you can get burgers and hot dogs and the like. The pierhead itself will have a grab-and-go on the ground floor where you can get snacks or a light breakfast, and on the rooftop you’ll find a tiki bar with what Kriseman says is the best view of downtown St. Pete from anywhere in the city.
You’ll find a Discovery Center and open-air Wet Classroom, a fishing deck, and access to prime spots for kayaking, swimming, “coastal thicket”-lined biking, beach volleyball, and ecotours along the waterfront. There will also be a massive splash pad outfitted with LED lighting and music, and a $1 million playground that’s “unlike any playground that I’ve seen in the state of Florida,” Kriseman said.