Council Meets Behind Closed Doors to Discuss Buying Parkland
The West U City Council met behind closed doors on Monday to discuss parkland acquisition.
According to the posted agenda, council met in a closed executive session to discuss “matters related to the value or transfer of real property and other real estate related to park acquisition” and to “consult with city attorney on matters.”
In March of 2012 council directed a parkland acquisition committee, a subcommittee of the city’s parks board, to continue to look for properties that could someday become a park.
City Manager Michael Ross told InstantNewsWestU.com that the city is continuing to look at cumulative properties that may make up a future park in the Mercer/Pittsburgh area.
“The parks board and city council remain very interested in the Mercer/Pittsburgh lots for the potential of future parkland and we continue to keep all the options on the table to allow for that possibility,” he said.
Parks Chair John Wilkinson told the council last year that the goal is to have a park within walking distance of all West U residents in all quadrants of the city.
The land would need to be a minimum of 100 feet by 200 feet or 0.5 acres and would preferably be on a corner lot on a secondary and through street, he said last year.
West U currently has 11 parks, totaling 12.6 acres. All of the parks are located on corner lots.