A public hearing will be held tonight to discuss redevelopment at Perry Harvey Sr. Park near downtown Tampa and to showcase plans for the popular Bro Bowl surfer-style skate bowl.
The public can review plans for the park, and ask questions, at 6:30 p.m. at Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in the Oscar Johnson Jr. building, 1207 N. Jefferson St.
City officials plan to showcase a proposal for the park that evolved from public hearings nearly six years ago.
The city’s current proposal would demolish the Bro Bowl and replace it with a new facility in another location at the park.
However state historic preservation officials recently determined the skate bowl is historic. And now federal officials will decide if the Bro Bowl belongs on the National Register of Historic Places.
The city’s plan has always been to honor the rich history of Central Avenue’s black entertainment and business district with history walks and monuments. The Bro Bowl, which is in the path of a history walk, was part of those discussions, said Bob McDonaugh, the city’s economic opportunity administrator.
The new skate bowl was a compromise, McDonaugh said.
A master plan for the park was approved by city administrators in February. About $2 million from a $30 million federal grant for the Encore development will fund the initial phase of the multi-year park project. City officials anticipate a construction start in early 2014 in an area south of the Bro Bowl.