Ybor City is an area bursting with history. A longtime resident and local advocate looks to expose a new generation of residents to a pastime that has long been a source of entertainment and enrichment in the community: dominoes.
The Urban Conga was tapped to design a dominoes/chess table that will take up permanent residency at Centennial Park in Ybor City. From ping pong tables in Gaslight Park to musical benches outside the Straz Center, the Urban Conga remains dedicated to increasing architectural playability in the community.
Dominoes/Chess Table in the park
The first game of dominoes is set to occur Wednesday, July 12 between Leo Alvarez and City Councilman Charlie Miranda. The initiative was originally suggested by Alvarez as a way to resurrect the fond memories he had as a child when he would watch his Tio play.
After noticing the attention his games would garner during his son’s cigar rolling demonstrations, Alvarez approached the Ybor City Development Corporation to figure out a way to make his vision a reality.
Ybor City business owner tapped for the project
The YCDC tapped the Urban Conga for the project. Owner Ryan Swanson is a USF grad, Seminole Heights resident and Ybor City business owner who is eager to add to the character of his neighborhood. The success of the first table could lead to more being installed throughout the area.