Park talks set for Monday’s council meeting

May 21, 2016

Up to four adult fitness stations could be installed along the walking trails of the West University Place Recreation Center but first the West U council must approve the funding from the Friends of West University Parks.

The council will get to make that decision at Monday’s scheduled city council meeting, slated for 6:30 p.m.

The funding request has previously been approved by the Friends’ Board and the Parks and Recreations Board. Both requests were unanimously approved. The next step involves the funding request being brought to council for consideration.

According to city documents, if approved, the cost for the adult fitness stations is not to exceed $28,000.

The new fitness equipment is part of the the long-term planning for the West U Recreation Center campus. The four fitness stations will be installed on the west side of the campus.

Adding the fitness stations will have no negative impact to programming of maintenance.

The parks and recreation department state that the fitness stations, “are consistent with the preferences of our instructors and residents who regularly use the track.”

In other agenda items, the council will discuss and consider accepting a 15,000 square-foot property donation to be dedicated as a public park for the city. The donation comes from the late James M. Hughes, who lived at the property at 6446 Sewanee Avenue. In addition to his home, Hughes donated $200,000 for the development of the park.

Before his passing, Hughes bequest the following conditions to the city, in order to accept the donation.

  • The property must be turned into a public park.
  • It shall bear the name, Jennie Elizabeth Hughes Park.
  • The park must be a ‘quiet park’. No athletics or noise-producing elements.
  • The additional fund donation is solely for the improvement and development of the property.

To read more about Hughes, the donation, and the history of the home, read Charlotte Aguilar’s recent feature on the donation.