Tampa, Florida -- One of the favorite spots to park to get to one of the best places in the whole Tampa Bay area is set to close Monday.
Plenty of people who want to spend their mornings walking or running along Bayshore Boulevard will now have to find some other way to get there.
We expect a fence to go up as soon as Monday morning around the parking lot at Patriots Corner -- the intersection of Bayshore Blvd. and Bay-To-Bay Blvd. in South Tampa.
Any time now, this busy park will become a construction site.
The city had a contract with the developer that owns the land to let the public park here. That ended Sunday, June 8th. The developer's now getting to work building a condo tower on the property.
But I've been working to get you some answers, and I've learned the City of Tampa is coming up with a new plan.
One of the favorite spots to park to get to one of the best places in the whole Tampa Bay area is set to close Monday.
In an email, the city's Parks and Recreation, Greg Bayor, director told me they're close to finalizing a plan to replace the closing lot with two others, right nearby.
Bayor said one of the new lots is across the street from the old one, and the other new lot is two blocks away.
They're waiting on the city's legal team to sign contracts with the two owners of those lots. It looks like the deals could be done in a matter of days.
In the meantime, Road Warrior Holley Sinn with 10 Traffic has scouted out several Bayshore parking alternatives, which I've marked on this interactive map.
At the north end of Bayshore, there's the lot where the pirate ship is docked, at Bayshore Blvd. and Hyde Park Place. Bring meter money.
In Hyde Park Village, there are three free garages. Bayshore is five blocks away, down S. Dakota Ave.
In the central section of Bayshore, there's a sand lot at Fred Ball Park at Bayshore Blvd. and Rubideaux St., two blocks north of the lot that's closing.
And at the southern end of Bayshore, park at Ballast Point Park on Interbay Blvd.10 News Reporter Grayson Kamm will be following up with the city to see what they're doing to get those other two lots open for you.