As the landscape continues to change around the Wheeling area, a park that displays pictures of some of the city’s architectural history will have to relocate to make room for the new Health Plan headquarters.
The park features huge replicas of some familiar buildings from around town and gives walkers a scenic shortcut to cross between Main and Market Streets, but soon these pictures will come down and find a new home to make room for the Health Plan.
The Passageway Peggy Park is Wheeling’s first art installation in the 1100 block between the two busiest streets in Downtown and is was completed in the fall of 2015. Now with one of West Virginia’s largest health insurance network’s claiming the property, the park has to move to a new spot, rather than being scrapped altogether. Funding to make the move, though; is an issue, “The City of Wheeling has been wonderful, and we’ve had an agreement from the very beginning with them. We knew this was possible development, but it moved very quickly and we’re still short, so as we finalize that funding we’ll be able to get it moving, but we can’t until we get the rest of it,” said Susan Hogan with the Reinvent Wheeling Design Committee.
The park will move to South Street, between the Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Center; facing the upgraded WesBanco Arena, which is set to be completed in early June.
Once the relocation of the Peggy Park is complete, a grand opening ceremony will be scheduled.
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