Lane said the property would not present the city with any liability and parking would be available at already existing spaces at the park.
The project should be completed by summer 2013, he said.
Also during the meeting, Mayor Danny Jones discussed his involvement with the state Municipal League, whose members are advocating that lawmakers stick with the "home rule" pilot program. That program was applauded by a report from the Performance Evaluation and Research Division last week, the Associated Press reported.
West Virginia has a highly centralized government and limits the taxing authority and other powers of cities, towns and villages. The legislative audit found cities that experimented with increased powers during the five-year program successfully tackled blight, simplified business licensing and strengthened their finances.
The league members are asking the Legislature to extend the pilot program another five years and keep its four participants -- Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling and Bridgeport -- while allowing four more to join, according to the AP.
Jones said some lawmakers are reluctant to give cities more power because they represent more rural areas.
"They are not as city-oriented but that doesn't make them wrong," Jones said. "It just means they're different."
He said he's confident the program would not be done away with. He and other Municipal League members are working with conservatives in the state Legislature to get the program expanded another five years.
Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.