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One city's 'junk' could soon be a national treasure

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

From Mount Vernon to Monticello, we protect our national treasures.

Now, Tampa could add one to the list-- with a place called the Bro Bowl.

It's not a move Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn even remotely supports -- he even compared it to a piece of junk.

"I have fond memories of my first car, but it was a piece of junk -- and the same can be said for what we're talking about here," Buckhorn said.

The Bro Bowl is an old graffiti-laced skate park, built in the 1970s. It is one of the last of its kind.

"Every other park from 70s with exception of two or three are gone," said supporter Terell Marable.

To serious skaters like Marable, it means a lot.

"Now it really represents unity. I come out here and see all sorts of people," he said.

But the city wants to demolish it and replace with a new park that honors African-American history. They city would build a new skate park just down the road.

"The funny thing is they're gonna get a much better skate park than the existing Bro Bowl offered them," Buckhorn said.

But not if the Bro Bowl makes the National Registry of Historic Places. That would protect the park, and throw a big wrench in the city's plan.

Late Thursday afternoon, it got a step closer to getting on that list. The Florida National Register review board decided the Bro Bowl meets the criteria to be added to the register.

Now the board will send the nomination to the keeper of the National Registry in Washington for a final decision.

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