Saturday, November 21, 2015

Detroit City Council to decide fate of historic Navin Field Tuesday Nov. 24


This is your last chance to ask Detroit City Council to do the right thing: 

To preserve a public park at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, site of historic Tiger Stadium. 

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, on the 13th Floor of the CAYMAC (aka the City County Building), the full nine-member Detroit City Council will discuss the transfer of the Tiger Stadium site, (a.k.a. Navin Field) to the Detroit Economic Development Corporation.

This historic ballpark, lovingly restored by the volunteers of the Navin Field Grounds Crew since 2010, now sits on the verge of destruction. 

Please let City Council know how important it is to preserve this beautiful, historic green space in the heart of Detroit's oldest neighborhood. We encourage you to focus not on the history of the site, but on the health and safety of our children and the health of our environment. 

Detroit doesn't need nine acres of lush, green grass torn apart and replaced with nine acres of plastic. (That's not preservation. That's demolition.)

It is CRITICAL that we get a good turnout on the 24th, so please join us to show your support for real grass and the preservation of a public park (as called for in Senator Carl Levin's $3.8 million earmark).

If you cannot attend in person, we ask that you please contact Detroit City Council, as well as Senator Carl Levin's office and Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy Chairman Thomas Linn, to express your concern over the fate of Navin Field ... before it's long gone:

We ask that you voice your respect for Detroit PAL

PAL's mission is an admirable mission and an honorable mission, one we can all support. But we simply cannot support their idea of destroying historic Navin Field and replacing it with artificial turf.

Suggested email subject line:

"Please keep the grass at old Tiger Stadium"

**Scroll down for suggested petition language.**


Former U.S. Senator Carl Levin 

via Angela Madar
313-465-7000, ext. 7949
Twitter: @SenCarlLevin 

Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy
Chairman Thom Linn

Detroit Planning Director Maurice Cox
via Keinya Carter


Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
CEO Rodrick Miller
Twitter: @RodrickMiller



President Brenda Jones

Stephen Grady, Ms. Jones' Chief of Staff

Councilman Gabe Leland
(313) 224-2151

Councilwoman Mary Sheffield
(313) 224-4505

Councilman Scott Benson
(313) 224-1198

Councilwoman Raquel Castañeda-López
(313) 224-2450  

Councilwoman Janeé Ayers
(313) 224-4248

Councilman George Cushingberry
(313) 224-4535

Councilman James Tate
(313) 224-1027

Councilman Andre Spivey
(313) 224-4841 

(feel free to add your own comments)

Dear _______________________,

I’m writing to respectfully request that if the City is going to transfer the Tiger Stadium site, aka Navin Field, to the Economic Development Corporation, that it remain a natural grass field, with meaningful public access.

Not only would a natural-grass playing field honor the ballpark’s illustrious history, it would also help protect Detroit’s fragile environment.

But most importantly, it would help to ensure a safe and healthy playing field for our children.

It's well-known that real grass results in fewer and less severe injuries than artificial turf. And with the safety of artificial turf still very much in question, even those fields with alternative infills, I’m urging you to err on the side of caution.

Please protect and preserve this historic ballpark as a green space in the heart of Corktown.

For our kids, for our community, and for our environment.

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