Who We Are
In the summer of 2018, a group of neighbors was enjoying a backyard bonfire and discussing city issues, specifically the United Methodist Children’s Home site at 1033 High St. It quickly became apparent that we shared a common vision for the site: preservation of community-oriented greenspace vs losing it all to high-density development.
So we formed a small working group to do research and to hold conversations with other residents to discuss the idea and gather feedback. City Council member David Robinson—a proponent of resident-centered policies—was enlisted to serve as the primary presenter at these living-room, backyard events.
After several meetings we decided to formalize things, calling ourselves Project Community Park Worthington (PCPW), while dedicating ourselves to informing, engaging, and motivating the residents of Worthington about an alternative vision to the high-density development likely to be proposed (again) at the UMCH property.
What is this vision? Something extraordinary for the property—a legacy project that reflects and is worthy of our distinctive, authentic, and historic community. We are proposing a multi-use community green space at the core of the property, commercial development along High St.—forming the eastern boundary of the central park—and modest-scaled residential development, harmonious with adjoining neighborhoods, along Larrimer Ave.—forming the northern border.
Based on enthusiastic support over the past year (“Why wouldn’t we do this?!”), we have launched a petition campaign in 2019 to demonstrate to city leaders the breadth and depth of support for this community-centered vision, with the goal of motivating City Council to act boldly on behalf of all Worthingtonians. To date, these efforts have been mostly ignored by most of City Council and City staff (with a few notable exceptions). When we presented over 1,100 petition signatures in 2019, there wasn’t even a formal thank you for the efforts or a public acknowledgement/statement from Council leadership. How unfortunate for all of Worthington that our elected leaders care so little for what Worthington residents have to say.
The PCPW Co-Chairs are:
- Andy Hutter
- Scott Taylor
- Roger Beck
We are completely average, non-politically-motivated, well-meaning Worthington residents. Our time and efforts are fully voluntary. We have no corporate backing or interests. We have engaged with every single current City Council member directly, in-person and virtually, several times over the last 3 years (except Council President Bonnie Michael who never did make it a priority to meet with us, despite our repeated attempts). We have also engaged frequently with other community groups such as WARD, and also Building Worthington’s Future (BWF), in an effort to understand others’ perspectives and build bridges.
The Action arm of our organization is the Worthington Commons PAC. This is a local non-sponsored and unaffiliated PAC that has collected modest donations to fund the printing and postage costs of our awareness mailing campaign. Our PAC donor list will be made publicly available, according to PAC guidelines. You can read more about the PAC and support it, here.
We are not a dark money group, hiding behind anonymity and obscured LLC’s (as we have seen recently in Worthington related to other community issues). We welcome level-headed open-minded engagement from anyone in the community, press, or City staff or Council.
And if you’ve made it this far, we thank you for your engagement!