Vandals strike at newly renovated Perry Harvey Sr. Park

- Police are looking for the vandals responsible for destroying several pieces of art at the newly renovated Perry Harvey Sr. Park.

The park sits near Cass and Jefferson Streets just north of downtown Tampa. It's at the center of what used to be Tampa's largest and oldest African American community. The park pays homage to the contributions of African Americans to Tampa's history.

City officials unveiled the nearly $6-million renovation on April 3. Park workers reported damage to one of the park's murals on May 1. They believe someone shattered a ceramic tile in a hologram-like art display. The next week two more tiles were damaged.

"There's no doubt that it [was] intentional," said Robin Nigh, the city's art manager.

The city estimates the damage at $3,000 according to a police report.

The artist is coming back to Tampa in June to evaluate the damage and fix it, which officials say he's doing at cost.

Police are unsure of a motive. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call Tampa Police.

"If it was a careless act, I just hope they might reconsider their actions and just think about it. We all did something stupid maybe that's what it was. If it was intentional I think we've got a long way to go," Nigh said.

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