TAMPA, Florida (AP/WTSP) - A 35-year-old skate park has made it onto the national Register of Historic Places, but Tampa officials want to demolish it during a $6 million makeover of the area.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Mayor Bob Buckhorn doesn't care that the so-called Bro Bowl skate park is on a list of the nation's most historic places.
City plans call for demolishing the graffiti-covered Bro Bowl as part of a $6 million makeover of Perry Harvey Sr. Park. Skaters would get a new park a few blocks away, and Perry Harvey Sr. Park would be turned into a memorial to the history of the Central Avenue black business and entertainment district.
Skateboarders have pushed for the designation in hopes of saving the concrete bowl.
Earlier this year the 10 News Investigators learned that community advocate Fred Hearns was in support of the city's position, and was being paid by the developer and the city.