Fernandez Park

Hours and Additional Information

Located at 6017 Columbus Street

Fernandez Park occupies an area of approximately 3.5 acres. The southern half of the park is the more developed portion of the site and includes four basketball courts and a picnic shelter. A meandering asphalt path connects this portion of the park to the more passively oriented northern half of the park, and the pathway has been connected to the Northside to be more user-friendly. Assorted children's playground equipment, picnic tables, a horseshoe pit, and grills are located in this half of the park. The entire site is wooded, especially the northern half. 

Features

  • Chess tables
  • Picnic pavilion available to rent for private parties and events
  • Playscapes
  • Three newly resurfaced basketball courts
  • Walking path

For more information about park rentals, please complete the Pavilion and Park Use Application (PDF) and please call Parks and Recreation to confirm availability at 734-942-7545.

History and Naming

Eugenio Erasmo Fernandez was born in Romulus on June 13, 1946. He later moved to Wilmington, North Carolina. As a member of the Marine Corps, he served our country as a First Class Private. Fernandez died as a casualty of the Vietnam War on May 9, 1968, in Quang Tri, South Vietnam. He was 21 years old and was married. Fernandez had one daughter born one month after the beginning of his tour, whom he never had the opportunity to meet, however, he did name her Kimberly.

Eugenio Erasmo Fernandez picture

It was reported that Fernandez died from a small arms fire or grenade. His body was recovered. His name now stands on panel 57E, line 017 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. He served our country for three years.

Fernandez was awarded the BEugenio Erasmo Fernandez playing the pianoronze Star Medal for Bravery, the Combat Action Ribbon (CAR), the Purple Heart Medal for his combat-related wounds, one Gold Star, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Fernandez Park was named in his honor by the Citizen's District Council in May 1975.


Fernandez Park Sign displaying the hours of the park.
A child heading onto the large playground in the park.
Large Crowd of people under and around the large pavilion picnic area
People Playing a pick up game of Basketball.