June 21, 2014 at 11:47 am

Flint may close park linked to auto history

Flint — Flint may get rid of an 8-acre park that is part of the city’s auto-related history.

The Flint Journal says 1,000 people lived in tents in Oak Park a century ago when they swarmed the city for auto jobs. But the park today is overgrown and isolated.

Flint’s new master plan calls for closing the park, although it still has restrooms and playground equipment.

Local historian David White says the park played an important role in Flint’s past, but he acknowledges that people don’t spend much time there anymore. He’d like to put a piece of playground equipment in a museum.

City planner Megan Hunter tells the Journal that a plan for the land must be in place before the park is closed.