Next steps are approaching regarding the development of the 66 acres set aside for Wildwood's first community park. An open house will be held on Oct. 11 from 4-7 p.m. at Wildwood City Hall. Construction drawings will be provided, and consultants from Oates Associates and Nelson Byrd Woltz will be there to answer questions about the concept plans.
During July, the consultants were hired to create construction drawings for phase I of the park, which ultimately will be used for bidding purposes.
The property for the proposed park is located near the intersection of Missouri Routes 100 and 109. The parcel's exact address is 2153 Highway 109 St.
During 2011, city officials surveyed residents regarding thoughts and opinions about exactly what elements should be considered. In addition, a Community Park Advisory Committee was appointed, consisting of two members from each of the city's wards, one member-at-large, and two city council liaisons.
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The purchase of the community park property was funded through revenues received from Wildwood's Capital Improvement Sales Tax that was approved by Wildwood voters in 1998. This one-half (1/2) cent sales tax is dedicated to a mix of public works, planning, and parks projects within the city. The appropriation of these funds, for the purchase of this community park, was approved by city council members in the fall of 2007, prior to Proposition P being placed on the ballot for the November 2008 general election. City council members approved a purchase agreement for the park's land acquisition at a Jan, 26, 2009, meeting.