Tampa's Downtown

Central Park

Central Park

Formerly known as “The Scrub”, Central Park is an important historic neighborhood in Tampa’s Downtown that can be traced back to just after the Civil War. This neighborhood was aligned along historic Central Avenue where the creativity of many Black musicians and artists flourished. While creativity thrived, creative spaces alone didn’t make up this neighborhood’s environment at the time. Central Ave. housed schools, churches, a library, medical offices, barbershops, restaurants, a hotel, and movie theaters amongst a slew of other businesses frequented by the Black community. This neighborhood has been referred to as “The Harlem of the South” – legend has it, Hank Ballard’s “The Twist” was written while seeing kids dance on Central Ave.


The neighborhood has been revitalized and woven into the cultural fabric of Tampa’s Downtown ecosystem. Central Park plays a key role in recognizing Black history as a part of Tampa’s history.

Discover the Richness of Central Park's History

Perry Harvey Senior Park

Sitting on top of what used to be Central Avenue lies Perry Harvey Sr. Park. The park is decorated with over $6,000,000 of Black artistry including memorials, paintings, murals, and sculptures that capture the essence of Black resilience, triumph, and leadership. Take a stroll today to learn more about Downtown’s history!

Enjoy a Central Ave. Walking Tour!

The Tampa Bay History Center holds Central Avenue Walking Tours on Saturdays at 10a.m. where tourists and residents alike can learn about life in Tampa’s Black community from the 1890’s-1060’s. The tour includes stops at the Robert W. Saunders Sr. Public Library, Jackson House, and Perry Harvey Sr. Park.

Explore Central Park's Living Spaces

Ella Senior Residences

Inspired by the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, this is the first community is dedicated to seniors 62+

The Trio

One, two, three, and four bedroom residences that harmonize within a brand new upscale building

The Reed Senior Residences

A seven-story building containing 158 one and two bedroom apartment residences for senior citizens ages 62+

The Tempo

Named in honor of Central Park's rich musical history, this seven-story building contains 203 units with a variety of floor plans

Legacy ENCORE! Luxury Apartments

Reflecting the bold and modern energy of Tampa's Downtown, this community makes luxurious urban living accessible for many!


A luxurious community where contemporary amenities and sophisticated aesthetics converge

Small Businesses in Central Park

Precinct Pizza

For some of the most delicious New York style pizza around, head to this nationally renown pizza shop with a menu that is sure to please your taste buds

B-Snipped Barber Lounge

Need a haircut? Consider making an appointment or walking into this family owned barbershop that prides itself in emphasizing customer satisfaction

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