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$7 million will move Tampa's historic "Bro Bowl" skate park to other side of park listen

07/22/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Bro Bowl, skate park, skateboard, Perry Harvey Sr. Park, African-American, Brad Sudder, parks and recreation

A $7 million project moving a historic skate bowl about 200 feet from one side of a park to another was approved by Tampa City Council Thursday. The “Bro Bowl” has been around since the 1970s and its users fought to save it by getting historic designation for the graffiti-laden concrete bowl. Now, through an expensive compromise, the city will build skaters a new park.

The project is expected to be completed sometime next fall. Contractors will break ground on Perry Harvey Sr. Park as soo...

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African-American community supports moving popular skate spot, Bro Bowl listen

07/18/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council wants to move the skate park known as the Bro Bowl in Perry Harvey Sr. Park to make way for features honoring the area’s African-American history. But skaters are trying to save what they also consider a historic landmark. During council meeting Thursday, a small group of African-American baby boomers who remember what was once Central Avenue as a bustling symbol of their community – hosting such icons as Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles. Eddie Adams Jr. urged city counc...

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