Hyde Park is a historic neighborhood and district within the city limits of Tampa. It includes Bayshore Boulevard, Hyde Park Village and SoHo. Hyde Park includes many historic homes and bungalows. Its history and proximity to downtown Tampa make it a desirable residential neighborhood. Because of its convenient location, a wealth of new developments are being built in Hyde Park. This new construction includes the upscale shopping and dining destination of Hyde Park Village as well as multifamily housing developments.
Hyde Park is adjacent to the University of Tampa and Downtown. Roughly, the boundaries of the neighborhood are the Hillsborough Bay to the east, Kennedy Blvd to the north, Bayshore Boulevard to the east and south, and Armenia Avenue to the west.
Major thoroughfares within the historical district include Kennedy Boulevard, Bayshore Boulevard, Lee Roy Selmon Expressway (SR 618), Howard Avenue, and Swann Avenue. Recently, entrepreuners have started small companies using NEVs to shuttle pedestrians from the area to other core districts such as Downtown and Ybor City, as an attempt to facilitate connection between Tampa's core neighbor.
The neighborhood history begins in the 1880s when railroad financier Henry B. Plant built the first bridge across the Hillsborough River at Lafayette Street (now John F. Kennedy Blvd.). The first house in the neighborhood was built by James Watrous in 1882 at 1307 Morrison Ave. Growth occurred rapidly and a street car line was put in on Swann Ave and Rome Ave. This is the reason for the wideness of the two streets, while most in the neighborhood are much narrower. The area where Old Hyde Park Village is today was originally called Cork Ave.
Dakota Ave., Cork Ave., and Inman Ave. all intersected near where the British pay phone stands today. The only extant part of Cork Ave. is called Snow Ave.
Hyde Park Village
Upscale shopping district located among several city and residential blocks. The approximate center is at the intersection of Swann and Rome Avenues just a few blocks east of SoHo. High-end boutiques, restaurants and cafes are some offerings of the area.