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Future of Tampa skate park is up in the air

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Beneath the shadow of Tampa's skyline sits an unlikely historical landmark.

"We wanted to make it something special something that would really be of interest to the kids that they could really, really enjoy," said Joel Jackson.

The "Bro Bowl" was the brain child of Jackson. Thirty-seven years after he designed it, the skate park has made its way onto the National Historic Register.

It is also at the center of a big debate between skateboarders who want to keep it at Perry Harvey Sr. Park, and a $6.5 million plan to redevelop the park.

"The city is respectful of a designation, but the whole process is for the city to go through there with an open mind and to decide what makes sense for the whole community," said Bob McDonaugh, with the city.

The city wants to demolish it, to make way for a new park dedicated to African-American history. A new skate park would be built down the road.

The city said the historical designation does not protect the park from demolition.

Skaters said the city should take a second look. They said their little spot in history is as big as anything else.

"We're just a little tiny spot, we're no more than 100 square feet, and we're equivalent to these huge monuments and buildings that have been around for a century," said skater Ty Hall.

Jackson is proud that his creation is now a historic landmark, but he is staying out of this fight.

"I don't have a stake in it anymore. I provided it, that is for them now," he said.

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