HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle has announced new plans for the future of Goldsmith-Schiffman Field.
At a news conference Friday, Battle announced Margaret Ann Goldsmith and her family are formally donating the property to the city. The item is on the city council’s agenda for September 11 for approval.
“There are nearly 80 years of warm memories on this field for thousands of Huntsville residents,” said Mayor Tommy Battle. “Thanks to Margaret Ann and the generosity of her family, this treasured field will bring many more years of enjoyment to our community.”
The property is in the 400 block of Ward Avenue in Five Points. Huntsville City Schools had used the field for several years for football games, but hadn’t used it recently due to many needed repairs.
Huntsville’s Parks and Recreation department got permission from the family last year to use it as a recreational area, and the city will budget for future improvements, including restroom upgrades.
Huntsville residents have used the park for the last few years. Parks & Recreation Director Greg Patterson says Goldsmith-Schiffman Field is the perfect size and scale for recreational leagues to play lacrosse, football and soccer. There are numerous adult teams, too, that will be able to play kickball and other sports.
“We are excited and honored that this field will continue its life as a recreational outlet for our citizens,” said Patterson. “There are so many teams and leagues looking for places to practice and play, this will be an enormous asset to our program.”
With the family formally handing it over, the property will not revert to heirs in the future.
If the city does decide to sell the property in the future, there is a stipulation in place that proceeds would go to Goldsmith Wildlife Sanctuary.