Jennie Elizabeth Hughes Park
a. The Property shall be dedicated as a public park of the City and is to be used for no other purpose, in perpetuity.
b. The Property, once dedicated as a public park and developed, shall bear the name "JENNIE ELIZABETH HUGHES PARK," which name shall continue in perpetuity and shall be displayed on a suitable sign located on the front of the Property.
c. The Property shall be developed only as a "quiet park," which means that (i) it shall not be used for formal or structured athletics and (ii) nothing shall be constructed to interfere or impede quiet use and enjoyment of the Property by residents of the City, such as bright lights or noise producing elements.
d. The City shall use the Development Funds solely for the improvement and development of the Property.
The City Attorney, Mayor, and City Manager met with the Hughes Executor and Hughes Estate Attorney to clarify the understanding of both the Hughes Estate and the City, as it relates to the development of Jennie Elizabeth Hughes Park. The City understands that the Estate desires that the park not include structured play equipment, but that the incorporation of more natural features such as a hill and/or water feature would be aesthetically pleasing and provide interactive play opportunities for children, are within the spirit of what Mr. Hughes intended. Inclusion of a gazebo, benches and a picnic table are also within the spirit of what was intended. The Hughes Executor will have the opportunity to review and approve the final park rendition.
City Council appointed a 19 member Jennie Elizabeth Hughes Park Citizens Task Force comprised of several park neighbors, Parks Board, Friends Board and Senior Board representatives, a Hughes family representative and a City Council liaison to form a development recommendation for Council. Five Task Force meetings and one Town Hall meeting have been held to date, and a conceptual plan has been approved by the Task Force for recommendation to Council. The Parks and Recreation Board and the Friends of West U Parks Board have also approved the recommended plan.
The Jennie Elizabeth Hughes Park Council presentation occurred September 11, 2017. White Oak Studio Landscape Architect Jim Patterson presented the selected conceptual plan to City Council. After lengthy discussion, a motion was passed to table the item until a future Council meeting, as Council desired more time for consideration. The Conceptual Plan will return to the agenda on Monday, October 9, 2017. Prior meeting notes and Town Hall presentation are available below. If you have questions or would like to receive regular project updates, please provide the Parks and Recreation Department with your e-mail address at or call Parks & Recreation Director Susan White at 713.662.5894.