Preserving our history ensures that our community’s story can be told to future generations.
After more than a year of public input, research and design, a proposed plan for the Tinker Field History Plaza project will be presented to the Historic Preservation Board at their November meeting.
The Tinker Field History Plaza at Camping World Stadium reflects the community’s vision to create a space that is open and engaging, and offers a place for people to learn, gather, reflect and celebrate. The Plaza proposal incorporates several elements including a historic timeline and plaques, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Clark Griffith monuments, refurbished original stadium seats and gateway entrance, a replica covered pavilion, vintage-style lighting and a State of Florida Historical Marker.
A key part of the City’s plan for strategic growth is recognizing, preserving and celebrating the past and honoring our history. In 2015, the Orlando City Council approved an ordinance designating Tinker Field as an Orlando historic landmark. This gave the City a unique opportunity to create a destination for people to gather and learn about the history and events that took place at Tinker Field.
With the leadership of District 5 City Commissioner Regina I. Hill and in partnership with the Wells’ Built Museum of African American History and our community, this proposed concept to commemorate more than 100 years of Orlando baseball and social history was developed.
The Historic Preservation Board meeting, which will be held on November 2, will be the next step in this public process.
– Buddy Dyer, Mayor