St. Petersburg, Florida -- St. Petersburg city leaders are working to make improvements to the waterfront and they want the community to get involved.

St. Pete's waterfront is used for dozens of outdoor activities. People enjoy things like fishing, boating, running, and bike trails.

Council members are putting plans in motion to improve the landscape of the city's waterfront, making it more accommodating for those who use it.

"I'm in favor of anything that can improve accessibility and let people use the beautiful place," said David Scott.

Sixteen parks align the waterfront. The goal is to improve areas starting at the Northeast Exchange Coffee Pot Park to the north and Lassing Park to the south.

Ross Preville, chairman of Downtown Waterfront Improvement, said the group is in the beginning stages of planning and he welcomes ideas from the public.

"How do we make the whole waterfront work for the entire city?Are there ways to improve some economic development? Are there ways to improve quality of life?" questioned Preville.

City council members will start with the community's input at an open forum hearing Monday, September 9, 6:30 p.m. at the USF Student Activity Center in St. Pete.

From there, council members will gather input from the Urban Land Institute through an advisory service panel and draft a development plan. An approved master plan needs to be completed by July 1, 2015.

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