New park on Wheeling Island still in the works

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The project to build a new park on Wheeling Island is continuing to move forward, and the city of Wheeling is asking for your opinions.

The Gateway park project is still underway, and about 20 people came out to Tuesday night’s public meeting to learn more about how this will be nothing but positive for the Island.

The city of Wheeling hosted the meeting at the House of the Carpenter, which is right next to the vacant lot where the proposed park would go. The land is about 1.5 acres, and they are looking at the public’s opinion on what that park should be used for like recreation or possibly canoeing and kayaking.

They want to use the park as a way to showcase the Wheeling Suspension bridge and become like an outdoor visitor’s center for tourists. Jesse Mestrovic, the City of Wheeling Director of Parks & Strategic Planning, says, “Because when you think of Wheeling, you think of the bridge, so that’s why we want to accentuate the bridge with this park, how does this add value, and it’s showcasing our city, our community in a positive light, and with this new park, it should have this new energized experience.”

Flooding was one the concerns brought up at the meeting. Two-thirds of the lot is in a flood way, although the Island is already a flood plain.

The city wants your input on what to do with the new Gateway Park! You can fill out their 5 minute long survey by clicking here. You have until Friday March 23rd at 8 PM before it closes.

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