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.
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:
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.**
WHO TO CONTACT:
Former U.S. Senator Carl Levin
via Angela Madar
313-465-7000, ext. 7949
Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy
Chairman Thom Linn
Detroit Planning Director Maurice Cox
via Keinya Carter
CEO Rodrick MillerMiller@degc.org
DETROIT CITY COUNCIL
President Brenda Jones
Stephen Grady, Ms. Jones' Chief of Staff
Councilman Gabe Leland
Councilwoman Mary Sheffield
Councilman Scott Benson
Councilwoman Raquel Castañeda-López
Councilwoman Janeé Ayers
Councilman George Cushingberry
Councilman James Tate
Councilman Andre Spivey
WHAT TO SAY:
(feel free to add your own comments)
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.
tinyurl.com/GrassIsGreenerDetroit, and tinyurl.com/KeepDetroitGreen.