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Tampa council approves Bro Bowl relocation

— Tampa City Council on Thursday approved nearly $7 million for the first phase of redevelopment at Perry Harvey Sr. Park, a plan that includes the relocation of the Bro Bowl skateboard park.

The contract with Cutler Associates Inc. limits the project to $6.948 million. Nearly two-thirds of the money will come from the local Community Investment Tax. The rest includes $500,000 from the federal Community Development Block Grant program, $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts and $2 million from the Tampa Housing Authority’s federal Choice Neighborhoods grant. Choice Neighborhoods is paying for construction of new apartments at the neighboring Encore development.

Perry Harvey Sr. Park, named for one of Tampa’s most famous civil rights activists, will be designed with the same musical theme as Encore. Together, they commemorate the African-American music scene that thrived along Central Avenue before 1960s-era urban renewal wiped out much of it.

The reworked park will also include a statue of Harvey and commemorations of other leaders of the city’s black community.

The Bro Bowl, a skateboard facility at the park’s south end built 40 years ago, will be demolished and rebuilt at the north end of the park between Scott Street and Interstate 4.

Supporters of the skateboard facility stymied the city’s original park restoration plan by winning federal historic recognition for the graffiti-covered concrete bowl.

As part of an agreement with state and federal historic preservation officials, the city plans to scan the Bro Bowl with lasers in a way that will allow the park to be exactly duplicated at its new site.

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