Those of us favoring the pocket park on East New England Avenue have been busy contacting Worthington residents. We are finding a lot of support for the idea, both in the immediate neighborhood and in neighborhoods outside our historic downtown.

To the Editor:

Those of us favoring the pocket park on East New England Avenue have been busy contacting Worthington residents. We are finding a lot of support for the idea, both in the immediate neighborhood and in neighborhoods outside our historic downtown.

This is why it is so troubling to hear a City Council member who is against this park make the argument that buying the green space on New England deprives other neighborhoods of improvements to their parks. It shows me this individual lacks vision and is unable to see an opportunity when it's presented.

This park idea in historic Worthington is unique in that it would benefit everyone that visits the downtown area, residents and guests of Worthington alike. It should not be viewed as solely a neighborhood park but rather a city park.

This idea for a city park just so happens to be an urgent matter. Otherwise if this green space goes unpurchased by the city, due to the lack of vision or effort from our council members, it will be gone forever. Once a building is put on it, there is no going back.

I hope council will be able to seize this moment to improve our downtown and preserve our historic New England charm, which we hold so dear.

Therefore, I urge City Council to please find a way to purchase the easternmost small lot on East New England Avenue.

Development of the park design can come later; there are citizens I know who are ready to raise funds for this stage.

We need this green space in the heart of Worthington to balance out what is to become a much more densely populated area.

I don't think council would regret this purchase.

Natalie McCarthy
Worthington