I found this statement from the Crain’s article amazing:
“Four years ago, the city had 317 parks. Following the closure of 210 parks in the 2008-09 fiscal year and the announcement of 50 more park closures today, the city will have a park portfolio that has been reduced 82 percent.”
In the 1950’s and 60’s, we lived just a couple of blocks from Jayne Field and Lasky Park. I remember going to watch the Union softball leagues play at night under the lights in Jayne Field. Lasky Recreation Center had everything: A basketball court with bleachers, lockers & showers, a boxing rink, an auditorium on the top floor, ping-pong, and you could “check out” baseball equipment to use outside. The park even had a concrete pond area that was used for ice skating in the winter that we called the duck pond.
What happened?? I just can’t believe it!!