Council to hear an update on Jennie Elizabeth Hughes Park

July 8, 2016

The sole item on Monday’s West U City Council meeting is a matter related to the Hughes Park Donation. More specifically, the council will consider appointing a Jennie Elizabeth Hughes Park Citizens Task Force.

Tim O’Connor, the city’s park and recreation director, will be presenting the update.

The park donation, a gift from the late James Hughes, is located at 6446 Sewanee, in the northwest corner of Sewanee and Pittsburgh.

The city, in order to accept the donation, had to adhere to Hughes stipulations.

  1. The park must be named in honor of Hughes’ mother, Jennie Elizabeth Hughes
  2. The property must be developed as passive, open green space with no sport or play features.

Aside from the property donation, Hughes also bequeathed $200,000 cash to West U for the purpose of the park design and development.  

In a letter sent to the council, O’Connor says the “Friends of West University Place Parks has tentatively agreed to fund the balance of the park development…as of this time, no taxpayer monies will be used in bringing this project to fruition.”

The aforementioned task force that could be assembled will be made up of a city council liaison, representatives from the Park’s, Friends and Seniors Boards, along with staff and the landscape architect.

According to the letter from O’Connor, the task force would meet regularly and be involved in the final design recommendations. Also, the city will would hold a Town Hall meeting to present the design recommendations and solicit feedback.

The meeting is slated to start at 6:30 p.m.