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St. Louis County mulling park transfer to private owners

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The Museum of Transportation in St. Louis County. Credit: KMOV The Museum of Transportation in St. Louis County. Credit: KMOV

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) --  St Louis County officials are considering turning a public park over to private hands.

The property in question is the Transportation Museum in West County, known for its big trains and cars. For the county, it's a way to save money. But some are skeptical about this deal happening.

For county government, the savings are the big selling point, to the tune of more than $800,000 a year in taxpayer money that goes into the park.

The museum has been a unique and very well known attraction in West County for a long time and that's where the concern comes from by those who are skeptical

"We want to have some clarification about what the plan is and how much of the land you’re planning to transfer," resident Kat Dockery asked the Open Spaces Council.

But St. Louis County Parks Director Gary Bess says they are being thoughtful.

"Basically we're very concerned about preserving the land as park space. Also we have placed provisions in the agreement that will ensure the land will be restricted to park use only," he said.

The council pointed out that no votes on this matter were being made Tuesday, - so there's no sale or transfer to private  hands yet. But talks about it are ongoing and there's no denying the savings for the county are keeping the idea alive.

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