After months of discussion, arguments, letters and public forums, Worthington City Council members decided not to purchase part of the development known as the Showe property for what came to be known as a pocket park.

After months of discussion, arguments, letters and public forums, Worthington City Council members decided not to purchase part of the development known as the Showe property for what came to be known as a pocket park.

"I'm a strong believer in green space, but I feel this park is not going to serve the needs of our residents," council president Bonnie Michael said as vocally disappointed residents filed out of the council chambers after the 5-2 vote against purchasing the site. "The city has a long history of supporting parks."

City staff prepared a report for council that laid out a plan of nearly $200,000 in costs that the city would have to pay just to acquire and develop the park.

Doug Smith and Bob Chosy were the only council members who voted in favor of the park.

With the vote, the Showe property will move forward as originally approved, with no park involved.

Read the full story in the April 16 edition of ThisWeek Worthington News.