Jake’s Field of Dreams Update
Did you know Wentzville has nine parks, which include two pools, numerous athletic fields, lakes for fishing and more? In less than 30 days, one of these parks will also include a brand-new, sports-themed, all-inclusive playground. Check out the time-lapse videos of this project at http://bit.ly/jakestimelapse.
Jake’s Field of Dreams playground commemorates Jake Vollmer who passed away in 2012 after a lengthy battle with muscular dystrophy. Jake was like so many other little boys who dreamed of growing up playing sports. Knowing he would never play like his heroes, Jake became the greatest sports fan, cheering for all who played the games he could not. This playground will help so many kids share Jake’s dream – no matter their ability – to enjoy the thrill of being on the field as a player side-by-side with their peers. His story embodies so many of the things that we value in Wentzville – family, togetherness, our sports teams and coming together as a community to make great things happen.
The playground will be a welcome addition to the beautiful Heartland Park, located at 100 William Dierberg Dr. A special grand-opening celebration has been planned for Saturday, June 23. Make plans to join us beginning at 10 a.m. for a fun, family event. To learn more about the grand-opening celebration, please visit http://bit.ly/jakesgrandopening. To learn more about all of Wentzville’s parks, please visit http://bit.ly/findaparkinwentzville.
Slow Down and Stay Safe
Summer is here. Kids are out in their yards, riding their bikes, walking to friends’ houses or to their neighborhood pool. Increased pedestrians and bicyclists means it’s a great time to remind everyone to take it easy.
I want to urge you to slow down. Slow down when driving through our neighborhoods. Slow down in construction zones. Just slow down, period. In addition, cut out distractions such as texts, phone calls, social media, etc., and concentrate solely on driving – everything else can wait. We want our City streets to be safe; please do your part to help Wentzville be a safer place to live, work and explore.
Speaking of streets, in response to resident input, the Board of Aldermen and I have once again focused our attention on the annual street maintenance program. The City annually reviews all City streets and develops a cost-efficient schedule designed specifically to replace deteriorated concrete slabs based upon individual concrete slab condition. To equitably select these slabs, City staff performs field inspections and uses GPS equipment to identify the street segments that are in the worst overall condition within the City. This information is processed with in-house engineering staff to cost effectively prepare the annual slab replacement program.
The City of Wentzville recognizes the inconvenience experienced by residents during road construction and attempts to expedite the process in the safest and most timely manner possible. We greatly appreciate your patience. For more detailed information about this year’s annual slab replacement projects, please visit http://bit.ly/annualslabreplacement.