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 greenspace 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 of the greenspace.
Based on enthusiastic support over the past year (“Why wouldn’t we do this?!”), we have launched a petition campaign 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.
Please note that PCPW is a separate body from any other community organization, solely focused on achieving a resident-centered outcome at the UMCH property that will “enhance our shared community life, promote our city’s economic vitality, and preserve our natural environment for the enjoyment of all.”
- Andy Hutter
- Scott Taylor
- Roger Beck