At the south entrance to the park, visitors will be greeted
with an archway welcoming them to the park
Interactive Fountain Plaza
Honoring our history
In the early 2000s, the City of Tampa, Tampa Housing
Authority, and private stakeholders began to explore ways to
rebuild this historic neighborhood, restore hope and secure
housing in area residents, and reshape the urban landscape.
Thus, the Encore Project and concept of recreating Perry Harvey,
Sr. Park were born.
In fall 2006, the Perry Harvey, Sr. Park Advisory Committee also
met monthly for a year to come to agreement on the names of
prominent local business and cultural leaders from the Central
Park/Central Avenue community, national influences, and
significant events to be celebrated in the new park design. The
list was to be used developing meaningful outdoor cultural and
musical history displays throughout the new park design. At the
end of the process, the Committee approved a list of names and
dates of important people and events that warranted special
recognition in the park redevelopment plan.
The walkway will highlight the history and rich
culture of Central Avenue, giving visitors a window into another time in
The history walk transitions into leader's row, honoring the
important men and women who shaped Central Avenue.
The public's input
The City of Tampa, in conjunction with the Tampa Housing Authority, held
public meetings in the Fall of 2006 to get community input into the
future redevelopment of Perry Harvey, Sr. Park. Public meetings were
held to gather input and come to an agreement on future park
At the first two public meetings, opposition was voiced regarding the
removal of the skate park. A number of comments and emails were received
by Parks and Recreation staff on the status of the skate bowl (nicknamed
Working closely with both groups, and taking into account the conceptual
plans for the Encore Redevelopment Master Plan, a conceptual plan was
developed to honor both the history and cultural influences of the
Central Avenue community, and to build a new skate park within another
location of the park. The plan included a replication of the skate bowl, and
added modern skating amenities. The remainder of the park would be
dedicated to celebrating the history of the former community and Central
At the final meeting, the conceptual plan was presented, and all
involved agreed that a consensus was reached. The understanding was that
the historic and cultural aspects of Central Avenue and the community
would be celebrated throughout the park, and a new, free skate park
similar in style and spirit to the "Bro Bowl" would be created within
another location of the park.
Where we stand today
In 2012, the City of Tampa hired a consultant team to assist in
developing the conceptual plan into a built reality. Through a lengthy
process of meetings, reviews and discussions, the team developed a
Master Plan which was approved by the City Administration in February
2013. The plan shows improvements to occur with funding that is
currently in place to proceed with construction.
In December 2012, a $30 million dollar HUD grant was awarded to the
Tampa Housing Authority for the building of Encore and redevelopment of
Perry Harvey Park.
The project is currently under review by the Department of Housing and
Urban Development as part of the grant award. As part of the Section 106
process, HUD, along with the Tampa Housing Authority, will determine the
appropriate mitigation of the "Bro Bowl."
Construction is still anticipated to begin in early 2014.
Public meeting with City of Tampa Parks and Recreation, Historical
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
Monday, September 16, 2013
WHERE: Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
1207 N. Jefferson St.