WELLINGTON — Mayor Hans Schneider plans to announce a new park committee Feb. 21, members of which will be in charge of transforming the old McCormick Middle School property into a community space.
The Wellington school board officially transferred the deed for the property at 201 S. Main St. at its meeting Thursday.
The school building was torn down last year after being named the worst school building in the state by the Ohio Facilities Commission. Some sections of the school dated to 1867. A new school was built at 627 N. Main St., funded by a 36-year bond issue approved by voters.
The 4.6-acre lot adds to the village’s 1,500 acres of land devoted to recreation.
Over the summer the village held two park planning meetings during which residents gave their input as to what they wanted to see happen in the space.
Two gateway arches that were on the old McCormick school building will be re-used — one is going to stay with the schools and the other, which was in poor condition, will be incorporated into the design of the park.
As the park gets closer to completion, the village will ask for residents’ help in naming it.
Schneider said he’s also hoping to hold an all-alumni reunion at the park the week after the 2018 Wellington High School graduation to dedicate the park with its new name and bury a time capsule.
McCormick School was named for Roy McCormick, who moved to Wellington in 1926. He taught chemistry, physics and science along with coaching basketball and football. In 1945, McCormick became the principal at Wellington High School, a job he held until 1963.
A street in the village is named for McCormick and the new middle school bears the McCormick name, too, so Schneider said he wanted to do something different for the park.
He said the park committee will include a mix of residents and community leaders.