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SAVE THE BRO BOWL


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On August 17, 2014, nearly 1000 people came out to join the Skateboarding Heritage Foundation, Bowl Bros, Suncoast Surfrider Foundation, and Florida Skate Museum for a celebration of the Bro Bowl in Tampa. Some traveled as far away as California to pay tribute to the historic Bowl—and to meet with Joel Jackson, the designer and builder of this landmark. Some of the visitors included skate legends such as Paul Schmitt, Bruce Walker, Sam Myhre, Chuck Dinkins, and Cleo Coney. Joel Jackson (center) received the first proof of a limited edition print made by Craig Snyder and Julia Arredondo in gratitude for his service to the community and for creating a place that has been loved by everyone, both skaters and non-skaters alike. The handmade print was produced in a limited run of 35 and is currently available through the Skateboarding Heritage Foundation museum shop. All proceeds go to support the Skateboarding Heritage Foundation. Photo: Dlr Rld


The Skateboarding Heritage Foundation, along with the Bowl Bros, Surfrider Foundation, and Florida Skate Museum kindly request your presence on Sunday, August 17 as we celebrate the life and contribution of the Bro Bowl to the city of Tampa and the culture of skateboarding as we have known it for the past 36 years.

Join with friends and family of the Bowl as we gather to share one of the final days of this iconic structure. Come celebrate four decades of Tampa skateboarding with
live entertainment and special guest appearances, including Joel Jackson, the father of the Bro Bowl, the filmmakers of the "Bro Bowl: 30 Years of Tampa Concrete" documentary, and other special guests.

Representatives of Skateboarding Heritage Foundation will be present to discuss the replication of the Bowl and details of the new skatepark as well as a future museum/gallery space in Tampa that will be dedicated to regional and international skate culture as well as the history of the Bro Bowl. Numbered, limited edition handmade prints that celebrate 35 years of the Bowl and its official listing on the
National Register of Historic Places in October 2013 will be available for one-time donations, as well other Bro Bowl memorabilia including handcrafted decks by Paul Schmitt of PS Stix, t-shirts and stickers. Don’t miss this opportunity to pay your respects to something that has touched so many of our lives…
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Photo: Tampa Bay Times


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THIS JUST IN...
"BRO BOWL – BECAUSE," Tampasphere, May 30, 2014
An incredible article about the Bro Bowl and the City of Tampa. Link will open up a new page.

SAVE THE BRO BOWL

The Perry Harvey Sr. Park Skateboard Bowl in Tampa, Florida, more affectionately known as the "Bro Bowl," is one of the last remaining skateparks of the 70s era. On October 7, 2013, due to its historical and cultural significance, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Despite this official recognition and rare honor, it still remains in danger of being demolished by Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the City of Tampa.
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ABOVE: Rendering by architect Patrick A. Sullivan, on how the Bowl could be aesthetically integrated into the new plans for the park.



LAND HOG?
The claim by the City of Tampa that the Bro Bowl is the way of city and developer redevelopment plans for their Encore project is a false one. At 6500 square feet, the Bro Bowl occupies little more than 1% of the 11 acres that define Perry Harvey Sr. Park. See "Myths & Facts: Central Avenue, Perry Harvey Sr. Park, and the Bro Bowl" at BroBowl.org.

AN ENEMY OF HISTORY?
The assertion that the Bro Bowl stands in the way of honoring the African-American history of the area (a history that was ironically destroyed by city itself over period of several decades) is also fictitious. It's location and small footprint does not affect the planned history walk or any of the other features that honor the area's Aftrican-Amercian history. The Perry Harvey Sr. Park Skateboard Bowl is, in fact, very much a part of the black history of this neighborhood. See "A New Vision" at BroBowl.org.

NOT HISTORIC?
There are also claims that it is not historic, yet it is, and on a variety of levels. City of Tampa, State of Florida, and Federal National Park Service preservation officials have all confirmed that it has significant historical and cultural value. A number of non-profit and independent organizations also agree that it should be preserved. They include the Skateboarding Heritage Foundation, Surfrider Foundation, Florida Skate Museum, Tony Hawk Foundation, and Tampa Preservation, Inc. Professional skaters such as Tony Hawk and Bob Burnquist also publicly support its preservation. (See Tony Hawk interview at BroBowl.org and Bob Burnquist interview at WDAE.) As a unique representative of 1970s American architecture and innovation, an icon of American skate culture from an era in which the birth of modern skating and the X Games unfolded, and as part of the rich and diverse history of Perry Harvey Sr. Park (City of Tampa, 1978 to present), the city's only African-American public park, there is no mistaking that the Bro Bowl holds historic value.

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF?
The Meacham Elementary School, formerly located near Perry Harvey Sr. Park, was one of the first African-American public schools in the State of Florida. The City of Tampa, as it happened, bulldozed Meacham in 2007, just two years after this historic building had been placed on the National Register of Historic Places for being one of Florida's first and last remaining historic black public schools. [See the Wikipedia article here, and The Tampa Tribune article here.] Now they are complaining that African-American history is not being honored? Now they want to tear down more history from the area?

BULLYING OR HARASSMENT?
Besides threats of demolition, there are also threats being made by Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the City of Tampa that if it is decided that the Bro Bowl remains, following the result of the Section 106 mitigation process that is currently taking place, the Bowl will become fenced, supervised, and regulated, which is contrary to the conditions of its listing on the National Register of Historic Places by the Federal office of the National Park Service. For over 36 years, the Bro Bowl, as Florida's first public skatepark, has served the Tampa and skateboarding communities as a free, unfenced, unsupervised facility, open 24/7 throughout the year. And this is what has also made the Bro Bowl both unique and historic. Modifying the environment of any property listed on the NRHP, besides changing the structure itself, is considered an adverse effect. Is this just?

JUST THE BEGINNING
The Bro Bowl has witnessed nearly four decades of the ever-changing landscape known as Downtown Tampa. It has seen many a conflict, as well as united people of all ages, race, gender, background, and socio-economic status. As this historic structure prepares to meet the challenges it faces that will ultimately determine its future, we offer an insight as to what it has meant to our City and generations both past and present. What are your experiences? How has this piece of green concrete shaped your life, and how will it shape others? Reflect on this, and let your voice be heard. Sign the petition, contact Mayor Buckhorn @: tampagov.net/dept_mayor/contact.asp or contact Dennis Fernandez, Architectural Review & Historic Preservation Manager, at (813) 274-3100, option 3, or @ Dennis.Fernandez@tampagov.net to encourage the City of Tampa to preserve this unique element of Tampa and American skateboarding history.

It is now, or never.

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