McCord Park Renovation Project

9/9/2021 Update

Construction continues at McCord Park though it may seem not much is happening as much of the current work is below ground or at grade with drainage for the full size soccer field and parking areas, base-work for the multi-use trail and parking lot, and foundation work for the two new shelters.  As we progress through September we will start to see paving work along the trails and the new parking area in the northwest corner of the park, seeding of the soccer field, construction around the train observation feature, and additional preparations for the playground and shelter areas.

8/11/2021 Update

Construction on McCord Park is officially underway with the removal of the existing playground and removal of some small trees to make room for the enlarged soccer field and some of the parking adjustments.  Crews also began laying out the multi-use trail and excavating for its paving this week.  Beginning Friday, August 13, we will see pavement being removed in the parking area north of the Community Center, along the west drive in the park, and around the caboose in the train observation area.

McCord Park construction
McCord Park construction

8/2/2021 Update 

McCord Park Renovation Construction will kick off with playground demolition on August 3. We expect to see some demolition work including the removal of the playground on the west side of the park and some earth moving around in preparation for the enlarging of the soccer field and reconfiguring of some of the parking spaces. Work will also be starting on the creation of a Train Observation Area where the donated caboose has been sitting and the first portions of a multi-use trail that will eventually encircle the entire park.

Phase One

The McCord Park Renovation Project has been broken into phases.  Phase one is underway and includes:

See Phase One Details here 

More images of what the redesigned park will look like

2021-02-08 McCord Park Council Presentation (reduced)_Page_17_Image_0002
2021-02-08 McCord Park Council Presentation (reduced)_Page_11_Image_0002

Phase Two

Phase two will include the renovation of the four ball diamonds, the restroom/storage facility, the realignment of the entry drive from East Wilson Bridge Road, and the completion of the multi-use trail system that will encircle the park.

Background

The City of Worthington completed a Parks Master Plan in 2017 which identified the renovation of McCord Park as one of its most critical park improvements. The plan identified a variety of specific improvements to be considered including the replacement of the playground, the addition of a circular multi-use trail, replacement of the aging restroom facilities, and more.

City Council approved funding to complete a McCord Park Master Plan which would engage the public and stakeholders about what they would like to see in the renovation. At the completion of the planning process in 2018, City Council approved a Conceptual Master Plan which identified the desired amenities to be included in the park renovations. This plan served as the guide for the design phase which goes into more detail on those amenities including the playground, restroom, shelter houses, and more. 

The City of Worthington contracted with POD Design, LLC on the final design and project management for bidding and construction.

McCord Park by the Numbers

  • About 1,250 summer camp participants use McCord Park each year.
  • About 1,100 preschool and youth participants in Community Center programming use the park each year.
  • Approximately 9,000 people attend special events in the park each year including Touch a Truck, National Night Out, and Paws in the Park.
  • An average of 148 kids per week visit the Community Center as part of local daycares, school groups, camps, etc.
  • The McCord Park ball diamonds and soccer fields were available to be reserved for 198 days in 2017. At least one of those fields was reserved 193 of those days. On average the park has 1,900 visits per week (players only) as a result of field permits. Adding parents, siblings, and spectators that number would at least double to 3,800 per week.
  • The Community Garden currently has 30 plots rented.
  • The park renovation plan proposes the addition of two small reservable shelters which would serve an estimated 5,600 people per year.

Residents are encouraged to bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates. You can also contact the Worthington Parks and Recreation Department at 614-436-2743 for more information. 

Current McCord Park and Community Center Overview

aerial McCord Park