The City of Hamtramck is pleased to announce that they are beginning the first phase of the rehabilitation of Hamtramck Stadium by commencing pre-development planning. The City of Hamtramck is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to seek proposals from an experienced and qualified historic preservation planning and design team to provide pre-development planning and design services for Hamtramck Stadium, located in Veterans Memorial Park. The pre-development planning will focus on assessing the condition and integrity of the historic Stadium and develop a plan for its reuse. The scope of work will consist of a Historic Structures Report (HSR) for the Stadium and grounds, a cost estimate for completing the work outlined in the HSR, and a complete set of architectural drawings and specifications for the rehabilitation of the Stadium and grounds. The Request for Proposal (RFP) can be accessed on the Citys website.
The Stadium is a significant heritage site associated with segregated sporting and African American Civil Rights in the twentieth century. It is one of very few remaining Negro League era baseball stadiums in the country. Hamtramck Stadium was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 31, 2012 and a Michigan Historic Marker was installed in 2014.
The primary goal of rehabilitating and revitalizing Hamtramck Stadium is to re-open the Stadium as a multi-purpose facility for public use and enjoyment. These uses will include a full range of sporting and community events including recreational and youth league organized sporting, pickup games, concerts, events, movie screenings, and interpretive exhibition ballgames which explore the heritage of the site. As a part of Veterans Park, we envision the largest public greenspace in Hamtramck to include recreational opportunities for soccer, cricket, baseball, tennis, volleyball, general play and recreation. The City owns Hamtramck Stadium and has been coordinating with community stakeholders and groups including the Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium, Hamtramck Public Schools, Detroit City FC, and others.
The City of Hamtramck received a grant award from the National Park Service to complete the pre-development planning for Hamtramck Stadium. This grant is part of a $7.5 million National Park Service initiative to preserve African American Civil Rights history. The African American Civil Rights Grant is funded through the Historic Preservation Fund which is administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.