City Officials Goal: No Local Tax Money To Build ‘Gateway’ Park on Wheeling Island

Wheeling News-Register — With initial construction on a Wheeling Island Gateway Park set to begin later this year, the city plans to pay for the long-term project through state and federal grants and donations from local foundations.

Wheeling will use a $150,000 donation it received from the Fitzsimmons Family Foundation last month to kickstart initial construction on the park, Vice Mayor Chad Thalman said. Council currently has no intentions to use city taxpayer money to pay for the project, he said.

The master plan for the park, drafted by design firm GAI Consultants, lists 22 potential sources of grant funding, seven of which are most applicable to the project.

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