Gordie, where do you come up with these gems? I can remember very well visiting Safetyville on many occasions. I wish I still had my license AND ticket for going the wrong way on a one way street. When I pass by Kearsley Park on occasion I can still see the layout of that wonderful place I went to as a child...remember the "Little Mac" bridge???Again, thanks for the memories.
I thought Safetyville was the coolest thing ever!
Alas, it was only with longing gazes that I stood and watched as my younger brother and little others traversed the Safetyville streets. Too old, I was.But I can yet hear the echo of small children's voices in the Kearsley Park pavilion and breathe the pungent aroma of its swimming pool's chlorine.As is the case with far too much of our beloved Flint, it is long gone, but not soon forgotten.
When my family moved to Flint in 1973(yeah, people moved to Flint back then), I was not happy. I loved South Carolina. Two things cushioned the blow. First, a stop at the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH on the way up. Second, going to Safetyville once we settled in.I had read about Safetyville in some school magazine. It was magical and even more impressive actually being there. I remember writing a letter to a friend back in South Carolina to tell him about this advanced, futuristic land I was now living in.
when did the polish wear off for you?
i completely forgot about that place! i remember thinking how cool and adult i felt driving around in those little cars. were they orange?
I worked there from 1971 - 1973 during the summer. Best summer job you could have.
I'll look. My Dad was an avid semi-pro photographer and I think i may have a pic or two of Safetyville somewhere. If it's not where I think it is, though, I might not be able to find it. He left us about 10,000 noncategorized slides.
I'd love to see some pics of Safetyville in it's prime! I'm too young to have experienced it..but my dad used to take me to Kearsley Park and let me ride my bike on the remnants of the streets. I loved the "Little Mac" bridge...
I learned how to drive at Safetyville when I was a boy, many fun memories of my father watching me giving me pointers (very loudly might I add).Scott Ainsworth
Thanks for commenting. You might enjoy my book about Flint called "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City," a Michigan Notable Book for 2014 and a finalist for the 33rd Annual Northern California Book Award for Creative NonFiction. Filmmaker Michael Moore described Teardown as "a brilliant chronicle of the Mad Maxization of a once-great American city." More information about Teardown is available at www.teardownbook.com.