Concord Park Elementary School was located at the southeast corner of Colonial Drive and 441/OBT at 1010-1020 West Colonial Drive. Its western boundary was separated from the railroad track by a line of bushes and was bordered on the south and east by homes.
Because of the dangerous roads and there not being school crossing guards, the families of the Spring Lake neighborhood to the northwest pushed for the installation of underground tunnels to allow children to cross both, 441/OBT and Colonial Drive safely. Cement structures with steel doors were constructed at each of the four corners of the intersection. The tunnels were lighted and finished in 1950.
In 1964, the 2.8 acre property was sold to build McNamara Pontiac and the school was razed. Due to an increase in crime in the area and no more Concord Park school, the stone structures were removed and the tunnels were used briefly to run utilities and wiring. It’s believed that they are all then filled in. The entrances that would have been on the western side of 441/OBT are now underneath the widened highway.
Keith Godwin: I attended Concord Park Elementary School from 1st thru 6th grade and lived down behind Parkwood Plaza off of highway 50. I took the bus to and from school every day. I was in 4th grade when President Kennedy was assassinated. I still remember the great lunches that were served and what seemed like a huge auditorium. The playground was absolutely great with huge swings and all kinds of playground equipment. I still remember some of the names of the other children like Laurie Dunn and Karen Kelly. Every year, without fail, Laurie would come to school on the first day and cry her eyes out. Karen was blonde haired and my grade school sweetheart. I also remember practicing for an atomic bomb explosion as we had to get under our desks. We also brought a mat or rug to school to take a nap on each day. I think I had a teacher named Ms. Wise.
Listen to Katherine Beasley Bornstein’s memory of Concord Park School and “The Tunnel” from an interview at Dubsdread Country Club on June 27, 2012.Back to top
Comments to “Concord Park Elementary School”
I attended CPE from 1959 to 1961, second and third grades. My second grade teacher was Miss Rogers who married to become Mrs. Hall. Mrs. Nelson was my third grade teacher. My friends were Shelley Frazier, Anne Evans and a boy named, Larry. I have a third grade class photo and a photo of me and a female classmate performing In Your Easter Bonnett for the Spring Concert. I was chosen to sing because the school’s auditorium had no sound system; I could carry a tune and had a voice that filled the auditorium. My female classmate promenaded across the stage as I sang the song.
I attended Concord Park Elementary, also, from 1958-1962 (2nd through 6th grades). I lived in the neighborhood that bordered Parkwood Plaza to the west. From there I went to Lee Jr. High School and Evans High School graduating in 1968.