The underutilized Johnnie B. Wiley Amateur Athletic Pavilion has been the victim of significant neglect over the years.
That extends to an unused $2 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development that was approved in September 1992 and became available in March 1995 after paperwork was completed.
There are now plans to refurbish the baseball and football/soccer fields, and running track.
Some critics charge the facility's historic neglect is because its located in the heart of the predominantly African-American East Side.
-- Mark Sommer
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