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Wellington leaders ask for input on park


As blades of grass begin to poke through on the former site of McCormick Middle School, the village of Wellington wants to know what’s next for the property.

Residents are invited to attend a park planning meeting 7 p.m. Thursday in the Town Hall gymnasium, 115 Willard Memorial Square, to discuss the future of the now-vacant lot.

The old McCormick Middle School, at 201 S. Main St., was torn down earlier this year after being named the worst school building in the state by the Ohio Facilities Commission. Some sections of the school dated to 1867. The new middle school, 627 N. Main St., was funded by a 36-year bond approved by voters.

Though the demolition of the old school is complete, Village Manager Steve Pyles said the property likely will remain fenced off as the lawn regenerates.

In June, the village converted the roads flanking the old school property, Carpenter and Dickson streets, back to two-way streets.

The 4.6-acre lot will add to the village’s 1,500 acres of land devoted to recreation, including Wellington Community Park, Wellington Reservation and Findley State Park.

Wellington Mayor Hans Schneider said he’s heard from some residents who desire a passive park, another splash pad, a dog park, a playground or community vegetable gardens.

After the park planning meeting, Schneider will establish a committee to evaluate the ideas and work with an architect and engineer on drafting proposals.

For those unable to make the meeting Thursday, the village plans to have a booth at community events where residents also can give input.

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