Location: 703 North Wheeler Street, Plant City 33563 MAP
GPS Coordinates: Lat: 28o
01' 11.80" N Long: 82o
07' 35.10" W
Amenities: Veterans' Monument and gathering area, picnic shelter, playground, restrooms
Courier Field was originally owned by the W.B. Herring family and used for civic activities and educational programs such as lyceums under the Chautauqua tent.
Once the 1914 Plant City High School was constructed, the area was used for physical education classes. The A.P. Cooke family purchased The Courier
newspaper in 1944 and Mr. Cooke used his column in the paper to spearhead a one-man drive to raise money to purchase the land. $3,000 was raised and the land was purchased and then donated to the Hillsborough County School system. The land was named Courier Field in recognition of Mr. Cooke's efforts.
In 2003, the School District of Hillsborough County deeded the property to the City for park use. The City made various improvements to the property, including a pavilion, playground and restrooms.
In 2008, the Plant City Armed Forces Memorials Foundation, Inc. was formed following a discussion concerning the lack of a memorial and tribute to the men and women of our area that served, fought and died for our country. Plans were soon developed to add a Veterans' Monument and gathering area to the northern portion of the park. Through the support of the community, funds were raised and the monument area was dedicated on July 1, 2010.
1 - Sources: Focus Magazine, Plant City Photo Archives & History Center, Plant City: It's Origins and History by Quintilla Geer Bruton and D.E. Bailey