The demolition plan for War Memorial Stadium

wms-goal-and-action.JPGDuring this past Wednesday’s meeting of the Greensboro Parks & Rec Commission, of which I am vice-chair, we were presented with the city’s proposal on what to do about War Memorial Stadium following the defeat of a $5.5M bond to renovate the site in November.  The documents are these (click to enlarge)…

Above are city staff’s recommended goals for the stadium’s future, which begins thusly: “Stabilize the existing facility by demolishing the portion that is beyond what is considered economically feasible and structurally possible to save.”

And here are the cost estimates for accomplishing the goals.  Bottom line: $1,108,280.00.  This amount wms-costs.JPGincludes $115,500.00 to completely demolish, “…the left field bleachers… from the tunnel entrance under the press box area to the left field fence.”  In other words, over two thirds of the existing stadium will be “…leveled to the existing concrete drive/walkway…”

My colleagues on the P&R Commission recommended these plans to be presented to City Council in the near future.  There was one lone vote against the recommendation.

Congratulations, Greensboro.  wwm2.JPGThis is what you wanted so this is what you get.  As you can see in this photo, everything below the press box on out to the left field fence will be demolished under the proposed plan.  In addition, all of the yellow seats next to first base will be removed and not replaced.

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  1. Posted May 11, 2007 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    What a disgrace. But, this is poor maintenance of city and county property in this area.

  2. Posted May 11, 2007 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    I meant to say that this is typical of poor maintenance.

  3. Brenda Bowers
    Posted May 11, 2007 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    David, I am sorry to see the War Memorial stadium demolished too. In my last post I tried to tell you just how one has to fight aggrtessively to get what one wants. Brown and Co. wants the city to purchased the contaminated overpriced Canada Dry property and if you noticed they were all out in force at the last city council meeting. And, as Diane says above: this all is due to poor maintenance of what we have while throwing money at billion dollar companies and buying white elephants. It takes more than a blog to get what you want. Unfortunately it is not what the people want but that the people just can’t be bothered to know what is going on. So, some who care have to do all the work, and it is a thankless job. Brenda

    people who really care have to do all the work to see that what is right is done. Brenda

  4. Posted May 11, 2007 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    From Wharton’s op-ed a while ago:
    “The soldier boys said they wanted no hollow granite, no useless monument to decorate our street corners, even no statuary or brass to remind us of those who have passed along after doing life’s full duty. But they wanted something that would be useful; that would help develop mind and body; that would in this way be a perpetual memorial to those who have passed.”

    In other words, the News & Record proposes that we replace the stadium with exactly the kind of “useless monument” that the veterans said that they did not want.

    I doubt that the stands that are proposed to be demolished get much use these days, but the field does get a lot of use – A&T, Greensboro College, the collegiate wood-bat league, and the local Men’s league. From your quote, it would seem to me more important to keep WMS a top-notch playing facility than keep seats around that would stand empty.

    I can’t speak to the concrete sections, but the wood sections down the left field line easily need to be removed, and they were probably an add-on anyway. Even with removing the yellow seats, the concrete will still serve as a sort of bleacher.

    I don’t think they’ve done any demolition on the DAP in Durham, but is in nowhere near as good a shape as WMS – for playing, which is a big part of its original purpose.

  5. Posted May 11, 2007 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Story of a stadium which has not been as fortunate as WMS

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