On April 4, Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione presented Wentzville Fire Protection District Fire Chief Michael Marlow a check for $200,000 to finalize the transfer of ownership of Fireman’s Park from the Wentzville Fire Protection District to the City of Wentzville, according to a press release.
Although Fireman’s Park has long been the property of the Wentzville Fire Protection District, for years a cooperative agreement between the city and the district has allowed city use. As part of the agreement, the city agreed to keep up maintenance on the park.
In 2006, the city and fire district reached an agreement that would transfer full ownership of the park to the city in exchange for suitable, city-owned property of equal value that the fire district could use for expansion needs. The city was unable to locate suitable property, and the agreement was extended in 2011 and again in 2013.
The city and district recently negotiated an agreement that negated the provision requiring an exchange of property for Fireman’s Park, and instead allowed the city to pay the district $200,000 for the property. At its March 26 meeting, the Wentzville Board of Aldermen passed a resolution allowing the city to go forward with the purchase.
Guccione thanked the fire district officials for their cooperation and willingness to work with the city.
Fireman’s Park is located at 203 W. Pearce Blvd., next to the Wentzville Fire Station. Amenities at the five-acre park include a tennis court, a baseball/softball field, and picnic shelter with barbecue grill.