Best Of 2006

Best Incessant Fringe-Culture Rumor: The Bro Bowl's Imminent Demise

Every year, without fail, somebody in Tampa’s skateboarding scene sounds the alarm: Downtown Tampa’s “Bro Bowl,” named for its proximity to the Central Park Village public housing complex, is threatened by bulldozers. The rumor spreads to hangouts like Skate Park of Tampa, and concerned skaters notify CL writers. But after a few calls to city officials, we find out there are no plans to destroy the popular skating spot in Perry Harvey Sr. Park. The latest scare was no doubt prompted by the city’s plan to redevelop Central Park Village, but Tampa’s Parks and Recreation Department spokeswoman Linda Carlo confirmed no demolition is planned for the park; in fact, the city intends to beautify it with some public art. So it seems as long as “skaters never die,” neither will the bulldozer-defying Bro Bowl. Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1200 N. Orange Ave., Tampa.