Perry Harvey Park
Themed around Tampa’s Central Avenue neighborhood and business district’s rich and vibrant history, the renovation of Perry Harvey Park offered an exciting opportunity to celebrate Tampa’s past while enriching the user experience through implementation of enhanced park features. Kimley-Horn provided a plethora of landscape architecture and civil engineering design services for this project.
Key program elements of the park included a Central Avenue History Walk, transformation of the existing skate bowl into a state-of-the-art skating facility, and reinvigoration of the park as a neighborhood destination and family gathering area. Kimley-Horn’s landscape architecture and engineering services included program refinement, construction cost estimation, schematic design and design development, preparation of construction documents for bidding, submittal and tracking of all regulatory permit applications, ADA and City of Tampa code compliance, shop drawing reviews, associated activities required during construction, and public involvement.
Critical to the project moving forward was our team’s successful public involvement program—bringing a varied group of stakeholders together to develop an exciting plan for the area. The team focused on the area’s rich history with jazz music that was carried through to the design and art for the park.
Additional improvements for the park include basketball courts, picnic shelters, an interactive fountain, and lawn space capable of hosting large festivals and special events. All of the park’s amenities are connected by walkways and lighting, providing views of downtown Tampa’s skyline throughout.
- 2017 Award of Honor – Preservation & Conservation Category, Florida Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects
Central Avenue has a special place in Tampa’s history, particularly for the African American community, and this park will be a place where generations can come together to share in that history and enjoy.
City of Tampa