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Plans unveiled for new skate park

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It has sat in Perry Harvey Sr. Park since 1978. The Bro Bowl has served as a skating mecca for skater boys and girls since its inception.

"I've grown up skateboarding, it was my primary passion growing up," said Stephen Robbins of Tampa.

"This is a historic landmark to me," said skater Joseph Ramos."Tony Hawk, pros have skated it. I love this place. My heart is here."

Now the skate bowl, one of the first of its kind in the country, is in danger of being replaced.

Monday, plans were unveiled for the redevelopment of Perry Harvey Sr. Park, plans that get rid of the Bro Bowl and replace it with a bigger, newer skate park further north.

The new renovated park would pay homage to the African-American history of the Central Avenue area, where many black-owned businesses once sat and thrived.

"Central Avenue helped to send many young people to college," said Sonja Harvey McCoy.

Supporters of the Bro Bowl have fought back, with a little bit of their own history.

"I prepared the nomination to the national register of historic places," said Bro Bowl supporter Shannon Bruffett.

In July, the Florida National Register Review recognized it's place in history. Now, officials in Washington D.C. will decide if it belongs on The National Register of Historic Places.

That would throw a big wrench in the plans for the new park, angering those who want to see its African-American history celebrated.

"Move it, and let us focus on what is important to so many people who have contributed so much to Tampa," said Harvey McCoy.

Time will tell if the Bro Bowl will be saved, but one thing that is apparent: there are passionate arguments from both sides of the issue.

"I come here like every other day with my friends, and I'd hate for them to tear it down," Ramos said.

"To them, it's a bowl where they have fun. To the people of Central Avenue, it is so much more," said Harvey McCoy.




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