To inspire an alternative mixed-use vision for the UMCH property, for the enjoyment and well-being of all, now and in perpetuity.
To inspire an alternative mixed-use vision for the UMCH property, for the enjoyment and well-being of all, now and in perpetuity.

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, we 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. We presented over 1,100 petition signatures in 2019

 

The PCPW Co-Chairs are: 

  • Scott Taylor
  • Roger Beck

We are typical 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 over the years, in-person and virtually, several times over the last 3 years.  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.

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!