Something needs to be done about Veterans Memorial Park.
The park is looking pretty shabby these days and action needs to be taken to raze the baseball grandstands and maintenance buildings near it. Unfortunately, the park is city-owned and the lease deal it had with the Hamtramck Public Schools was scuttled a few years ago.
There had been some bad blood between certain city officials and School Boardmembers. City leaders insisted the school district failed to maintain the park properly, as required by the lease agreement, and ripped up the lease.
We thought that was a blunder back then since the city had – and still has – no money to maintain the park. The school district, on the other hand, had plenty of money for the park through its Recreation tax.
It seems that the rift between city and school officials has cooled down enough for both sides to revisit the park. Now is especially a good time for the two sides to begin talking again about the park since the city is in the middle of putting together a new Master Plan. That plan will include identifying what improvements can be made to all of the parks in the city.
We doubt baseball will ever make a comeback in this town again, and even if it did or another sport took its place, the grandstands are too far deteriorated to justify spending money to fix them up.
The grandstands are long past any historical or emotional connection to the city and really only represent decay and neglect.
There are many improvements that can be made in the park, the biggest would be to start demolishing what is no longer used.