Tampa Police Department's outdoor festival at Lowry Park Zoo

10:50 AM, Feb 16, 2014   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- The Tampa Police Department is inviting residents to enjoy a day filled with entertainment, historical exhibits and community outreach services during its 26th Annual Black History Celebration.  

This year, the "Meet Me at the Park" outdoors festival will take place at the Lowry Park Bandshell. The celebration, which promotes bringing cops and citizens together as one, will feature a variety of interactive activities and free giveaways for the entire family to enjoy. The department will have its emergency vehicles on display, as well as, demonstrations from the K-9 and bomb teams. Visitors will also have an opportunity to pet animals from Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and win admission tickets to the zoo.

Local graffiti artist Chico Garcia will unveil his second installment of murals which pay tribute to former and current police staff.  The sworn and civilian employees pictured in the murals are credited with helping to pave the road for diversity at the department.  Both this latest set of murals and the first installation that was unveiled last year will be on display throughout the park.

The Tampa Police Department's Black History Committee partnered with several non-profit agencies to provide on-site health screenings, job search assistance and access to community resources.

The celebration is free and open to the public.

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