Plans unveiled for updated Perry Harvey Sr. Park

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TAMPA, Florida - The city is unveiling its plans for updates to a historic park on the east side of downtown Tampa.

The Perry Harvey Sr. Park is in an area that was the center of Tampa's black culture for over 150 years.

"People never stopped loving this area," said Fred Hearns, who has been working as a consultant on the project after leaving his post with the city. "It will bring back the culture, the history, and the heritage, and highlight the musicians, and the African American business owners, and we just hope at the end of the day we'll be pleased by what happens here."

The park is also considered home to one of the area's first skateboarding parks, known as the "Bro Bowl," and is considered historic itself.

"I've been skating it for 28 years," said longtime Tampa skating enthusiast Ryan Clements. "It just goes back to when there was nothing to skate in Tampa at all and I think we just need to maintain that."

The city is hoping to make everyone happy by creating a park that honors the area's heritage of arts and music while creating a brand new state of the art skate park just south of I-275. There are those arguing the skate park should be protected as a historic landmark. A meeting to discuss that issue is scheduled for October 10.

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