The 2015 agenda

For those of you who couldn’t attend Thursday’s meeting, here are the highlights: — We’re getting an early start this year at Fletcher Field. Weather permitting, the park will play host to an Easter egg hunt on March 28 from 10 a.m. until noon. — The annual spring cleanup will take place on June 6 … Continue Reading →

It's a process

Shield of Faith minister Imogene Johnson reports from a “master plan” meeting that Fletcher Field — left for dead a decade ago — is now one of three “priority parks” on Detroit’s east side. Nice. She’s also working on an effort to start rehabilitating some of the buildings on the Shield of Faith (formerly Holy … Continue Reading →

Another season at the park

Happy new year, Friends of Fletcher Field! January is nearly behind us, Lent is just three weeks away, which means it’s not too early to think about spring and the coming summer at Fletcher Field. I was thinking that we should meet briefly in early February to set up the calendar for the 2015 season … Continue Reading →

Simple as that

And so I found myself trimming a Christmas tree Saturday morning in the same church where I was baptized and my parents exchanged their wedding vows more than a half-century ago. Back then, it was a Catholic church, Holy Name of Jesus, and its congregation was made up of mostly white European immigrants and their … Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving baskets

Good afternoon, F3. As we’ve done the previous seven years, we’re again putting together Thanksgiving baskets for some of the families in the old neighborhood. Distribution will take place the morning of Nov. 22 from the board room of Shield of Faith (formerly the Holy Name rectory). Some of you have already signed up to … Continue Reading →

Another 'Treats 'n Trunks'

A reminder that we’ll be holding our annual “Treats ‘n Trunks” event at Fletcher Field on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. Unbelievably, this will the eighth consecutive year we’ve done this at the park.  Where has the time gone? I would love to see some of the faces we’ve missed in recent years, make … Continue Reading →

Magnificent seven

Seven years ago — almost to the day — I went home, only to find my childhood field of dreams, Fletcher Field, in ruins. The grass, once manicured and emerald green, was about 3-feet tall and brown. The playground equipment was mangled and missing pieces. The backstop for the baseball diamond was a trellis for … Continue Reading →

Oh, deer!

The latest wildlife report coming from residents who live near Fletcher Field is astounding: Two deer and a fox have been seen at the park in recent weeks. In the skies above the park, we’ve seen several hawks and pheasants over the years, to go along with the few planes that still fly out of … Continue Reading →

A gift and a heartbreak

Some of the kids we first met in the neighborhood back in 2007 showed up at the park today for the spring cleanup, but they’re not kids anymore. In fact, one has a kid of her own. They were shocked that I remembered most of their names and could even tell them stories of moments … Continue Reading →

Wesley Johnson Field

Seven years ago today, Fletcher Field was gone. You’ve seen the pictures and read the obit right here on this blog. Now as another summer approaches, the park is thriving again. It will be clean, cut and open for business for a seventh consecutive summer. The people behind its resurrection are many, but I will … Continue Reading →