Our Story:

The Story of Tampa’s Bold & Innovative Past

Sparkman Wharf, born from the former Channelside Bay Plaza retail center, is Tampa’s waterfront destination for work, outdoor recreation, and dining.

Located along the Garrison Channel in downtown Tampa, Sparkman Wharf combines re-imagined waterfront loft-style office space with refreshed ground-level retail nestled in a park-like environment, which features an intimate dining garden, biergarten and lawn for play and relaxation.

Sparkman Wharf is named after Stephen Sparkman, one of Tampa’s original movers and shakers.

A true disruptor in every sense of the word, he brought innovation and transformation that pushed the boundaries of what was being done in the city at the time. As the region’s first congressman, Sparkman secured the federal funding to dig the deep-water channels to downtown, creating Port Tampa Bay and allowing larger ships to come closer to downtown and historic Ybor City. With its physical wharf, Sparkman Wharf draws on the area’s industrial and maritime history and the complex’s proximity to the waterfront.

Stephen Sparkman forever changed the economic and physical landscape of downtown Tampa.

Today, in this legacy, Sparkman Wharf celebrates the disruptions, the people who do things differently and push our city forward.

615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602
e: contactus@sparkmanwharf.com
t: 813.345.5881

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