District 7 County Councilman Weighs in on Proposed Treetop Park
"We are making sure nothing about the proposed treetop park is rushed," says the council member who directly represents Greensfelder Park in Wildwood, which is the proposed site for the new treetop enterprise.
Greensfelder Park in Wildwood falls under the area represented by St. Louis County Council member Greg Quinn, R-District 7. Consequently, many questions and inquiries are being directed his way since Saturday's information meeting held at the park to address concerns from park users about the ramifications that would result from a new treetop park being placed there.
Quinn told Patch on Wednesday that no ordinances or activities were pursued about the treetop park at last night's (Tuesday's) council meeting, other than acknowledging they had received the request from the St. Louis County Parks staff to prepare legislation, typically referred to as "receive and file" items.
While the request for legislation regarding a treetop park contract with private company GoApes! was put forth a couple of weeks ago, Quinn said he believed most people were focused on Thanksgiving this week, and tabling the topic last night enabled council members to have more time to consider important aspects of the proposed project.
"Last night was really about the Parks Department communicating their desire to enact an ordinance allowing the contract to go forward," said Quinn. "But no contract went forward last night. No ordinance went forward. There wasn't even a discussion about the project."
Quinn said no such project can ever progress or be executed without a related county ordinance approving it to do so.
He said residents have been reaching out to him regarding the treetop park. "If I had an unqualified notion about the project, I probably would have requested the legislation be put in place. But there are many things to think about, different sides of this issue, and we need to look at all of them. I am still considering the treetop park, but I am interested in hearing concerns and ideas about it."
He said residents should keep in mind that he is only one of seven council members for St. Louis County government.
See related Patch articles previously published today about this topic:
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