Worthington has lost a perfect opportunity to add to the unique charm of our community that captivates our many residents and visitors. My question to City Council is, whose pocket are you in?

To the Editor:

The residents of downtown Worthington overwhelmingly support keeping a small plot of land on East New England Avenue as a green and quiet oasis in the midst of our bustling lives and as a gift for generations to come.

The importance of maintaining green space within planned development was clearly understood by the original settlers of Worthington and the Masons who built here.

It is apparently not something that five of our seven council members grasp. I have seen no evidence that the proposed pocket park received as much opposition as support -- quite the contrary.

Bonnie Michael questioned whether the park would serve the needs of our residents. I remain unclear what "serve the needs" actually means, but I do know that many more people would have enjoyed a beautifully landscaped park, as put forward by Worthington residents, than the development that will now take place.

Worthington has lost a perfect opportunity to add to the unique charm of our community that captivates our many residents and visitors. My question to City Council is, whose pocket are you in?

Elizabeth Cooksey
Worthington