Next up on the chopping block is the 1920’s era Field house in Wilson Park. As you may or may not know, the city agreed to a land swap with the school board. In exchange for taxpayers giving 3 acres of Wilson park to the School Board to build the replacement to Benson School, we’ll inherit a vacant lot where the current 80 year old Benson sits. Guess what’s planned for that site? You guessed it, a parking lot.
A view of Wilson Park from behind the field house. Soon this view will be gone as the new school will replace parkland.
Here is a vintage photo of the field house that comes from Wayne State University and the Virtual Motor City project. The photo above dates to the late 20’s early 30’s.
There is a twin to this field house at the corner of Erie and McDougall in Wigle Park. That one is scheduled for restoration, although with the impending budget cuts, that project may end up on the backburner.