Local Government

Quincy Park Board cancels special meeting to review selling off portion of Parker Heights Park

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 11, 2017 10:30 am

QUINCY -- The Quincy Park Board canceled its Wednesday night special meeting, during which commissioners were to consider asking voters in April to allow the district to sell a 5.5-acre tract in the northeast portion of Parker Heights Park.

In a news release, the district said it would further investigate the site and possibly retain an archeologist recommended by Illinois Archeological Survey representatives.

The release noted officials decided to delay a decision on seeking public approval for the sale after speaking with Knapheide Manufacturing Co., which has provided the district with an irrevocable pledge of $100,000 to buy the property. The pledge means the figure would be the lowest amount for which the land could be sold were it put up for auction.

Officials said Knapheide remains interested in the land and has no plans to withdraw its pledge.

The Park District plans to wait at least until the next municipal election in 2019 before seeking to bring it to voters.

In order to sell a portion of Parker Heights Park, the city of Quincy needed to approve an ordinance to move forward with the sale. That ordinance was approved Dec. 19.

The district took ownership of the 23-acre Parker Heights Park in 1946 from the Quincy Boulevard and Park Association, a predecessor organization.

Six of the seven commissions must approve the resolution for the sale to be put before voters.