- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Flint may get rid of an 8-acre park that had an important role in history of the auto industry.

Oak Park is overgrown, isolated and no longer part of a vibrant neighborhood. A century ago, 1,000 people temporarily lived in tents there when they swarmed the city for auto jobs, The Flint Journal reported Saturday (https://bit.ly/1p2QHPa ).

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

“I think it played an important part in (Flint) history. … It is important to that time period, but people don’t really travel up that way too much” today, said David White, president of the Genesee County Historical Society.

The Durant Dort Carriage Co. set aside land for Oak Park as well as land for churches and a school in the area, said White, who would like to put a piece of playground equipment in a local museum.

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

An analysis in 2010 by the University of Michigan-Flint rated the park in poor condition, and surveyors called it “creepy and uninviting,” the Journal reported.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, https://www.mlive.com/flint

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