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Seeking more input, Tampa proceeds with plans for new Bro Bowl

TAMPA — City officials say they want to hear from skaters as they finish plans for a new version of Tampa's iconic "Bro Bowl."

Designs for a new skating facility, in a different location but still within Perry Harvey Sr. Park, are 75 percent complete, officials said at a public meeting Monday.

The Bro Bowl has become a contentious issue as the city moves to demolish it as part of a $6 million makeover of the park with a focus on honoring the area's African-American history.

In hopes of preserving the 1979 bowl, skaters persuaded a state board to try to seek federal historic status for it.

Nonetheless, the city is proceeding with plans to remake the park — part of the larger Encore Tampa urban redevelopment project — and invited people to Monday night's meeting in part to recap seven years of planning and community meetings.

Current designs show a new skate park in the northern corner of Perry Harvey, three times bigger than it is now and with modern skating and biking options.

Moving the current bowl may not be possible because the concrete is brittle, officials said. But portions may be incorporated.

Public comments as officials finish the plans can be made at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1207 N Jefferson St.

Seeking more input, Tampa proceeds with plans for new Bro Bowl 09/16/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 11:28pm]
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