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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Secures Over $650,000 for Veterans Park and Hamtramck Stadium in House Appropriations FY 2022 Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill

July 16, 2021
Press Release
This is one of the Community Project Funding requests Rep. Lawrence submitted in April

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14), Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, secured $653,989 for the Veterans Park and Hamtramck Stadium restroom renovation project. The funding is included in the FY 2022 House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies funding bill which was approved by the full committee today. This is one of the Community Project Funding requests that Rep. Lawrence submitted in April.

“Veterans Park and Hamtramck Stadium have immense historical significance for Hamtramck, Michigan, and our country. With the countless Michiganders and visitors who use this space, I’m proud to have secured funding to make the park more accessible and sustainable,” said Rep. Lawrence. “Improving our community spaces means improving the quality of life for Michiganders everywhere.”

“This funding is a wonderful opportunity for Hamtramck. We are a remarkably diverse community with a vibrant history, and this project will help us to highlight and share Hamtramck’s rich heritage with new generations of Hamtramckans and visitors in a welcoming, inclusive way,” said Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski. “By helping to activate this public recreational space, this improvement of park facilities will make Veterans Park and Hamtramck Stadium an even more accessible, important resource that enriches our residents’ daily lives.”   

Veterans Park and Hamtramck Stadium Restroom Renovation Project

  • Amount Secured: $653,989
  • Intended Recipient: 3401 Evaline Street, Hamtramck, Michigan 48212
  • Explanation of Request: The project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds because the Veterans Park and Hamtramck Stadium Restroom Renovation project is justified by the need for a public restroom facility by way of multiple City Plans, immense community support, and the need to honor a nationwide historically significant place. The three brick buildings featured on the site are part of the historic Hamtramck Stadium, the home field for the Detroit Stars in the 1930s, and one of only five remaining Negro League ballparks still in existence in the United States. Restrooms are required to fully activate the site as a community resource, and even as a tourist destination. Even though Veterans Park is an active green space in the community, it does not have a public restroom or drinking fountain. Existing recreational activities include: soccer, volleyball, and baseball games, youth sports leagues, summer camps, Hamtramck Public Schools physical education classes, skateboarding, and play dates for mothers and children. Understanding the need for a public restroom at this active park, the City started providing temporary facilities. This proposal aims to address a more sustainable and lasting solution.

The bill report is here. The text of the draft bill is here. In keeping with the Appropriations Committee’s commitment to transparency, information on Community Project Funding in the bill is here. A summary of the bill is here.