At meeting, Wildwood residents ask for neighborhood park

Wildwood Planning and Parks Committee meeting. Credit: KMOV

Tuesday’s Wildwood Planning and Parks Committee Meeting had a lot of attention over the demand for a park.

Residents in Ward 5 said they have been asking for a park for years in their neighborhood and it’s always been pushed back.

“Since 2011 this council has not been listening to the residents. Ward 5 is one of the highest density areas and according to the master plan every high density area should have a neighborhood park,” said council member and Ward 5 resident Debra Smith McCutchen.

The land they hope to have a park on was previously part of the deal for the Pond Grover Loop Expansion project. It was voted down in August 2016. It was supposed to connect Pond Grover Loop Road to Route 109 and Route 100.

News 4 talked with Ward 5 Resident Max Gillman before the meeting. His fear is that the city is trying to revamp the idea of putting a road in.

“It would be a disaster in terms of the quality of our life,” said Gillman.

The Planning and Parks Committee said it’s aware of the want for the park, but stressed a decision on that was not on Tuesday’s agenda.

Instead their focus was the 10-year mark where the city has to redo its Action Plan for Parks and Recreation.At the meeting, the committee discussed getting that process started for reviewing its current Action Plan which it revisits every 10 years.

Up first is assigning a citizens committee to look at the park plan.

“Citizens Committee will review this, they'll make recommendations back to us and eventually it'll go to city council,” said council member Marc Cox.

The residents who are asking for the park said they just want to make sure they are being heard and that they don’t see any reason for not getting the park now that the road expansion plan no longer exists.

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