TAMPA, Fla. (WTSP) -- People who live near USF admit the area needs work. A nonprofit is working to improve it with help from the community.
The University Area Community Development Corporation built a playground on East 138th Avenue and North 22nd Street. It’s dedicated to Yves Zamora, a 6-year-old boy who was hit and killed by a car in that area while playing on his scooter in 2014.
“He liked to dance merengue,” his aunt Georgina Camarrillo remembered fondly.
The family is grateful for the park and the memorial, but they said the area still needs a lot of work. Camarrillo said the next thing she’d like to see is sidewalks and streetlights, so kids can play safely.
“The way they've done everything, it's nice,” she said. “But the area, like around, it's the same.”
The nonprofit admits there’s a lot of work to do. It plans to build a 7-acre park around the playground, as well as affordable houses for single-parent families.
“We think it's really important to be able to advocate for this community to give them their voice,” said Sarah Combs, its CEO.