After years of hard work and dedication, Bro Bowl 2.0 in downtown Tampa opened on April 16.
The skatepark is a recreation of the 1979 Bro Bowl in Tampa. City officials had plans to demolish the skatepark and rebuild Perry Harvey Sr. Park.
Shannon Bruffett, the director of The Skateboarding Heritage Foundation, was involved in the effort to save the skatepark.
“I grew up skating here for almost thirty years. (I’m a) Tampa native, so it means a lot to me and the history of Tampa and skateboarding in Tampa,” Bruffett said. “I wanted this to be acknowledged just as much as the rest of Central Avenue’s history, since it played a role in it.”
The skatepark was developed for beginning and advanced skateboarders alike to have a safe place to skate.
Organizations like Boards for Bros support skateboarding in the community and help people who are not able to purchase a board.
“We target unserviced youth and we make sure they can have whatever they need to have to skateboard,” Michelle Box, the executive director for Boards for Bros, said. “So, we supply them with skateboards, experiences at the skatepark of Tampa, lessons, peer mentoring and things like that.”
The skatepark not only attracts people interested in the hobby, but it also gives them the opportunity to express their love for skateboarding.
“Skateboarding has always been a part of this city as long as it’s been around, and hopefully it will (continue for) generations to come,” Bruffett said.