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More workshops planned to discuss future of United Methodist Children’s Home

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More workshops planned to discuss future of United Methodist Children’s Home

The former United Methodist Children's Home campus in Decatur. The campus is now called Legacy Park. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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The United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Did you miss the planning kick off meeting to discuss the future of the United Methodist Children’s Home?

There will be more opportunities this month to get involved.

The city has announced three different planning workshops for March. The planning process is to discuss potential uses for the 77 acre property. The city purchased the property last year for $40 million.

Suggested uses have included cross-country courses, bike routes, and tennis courts. Other ideas mentioned include building and ground usages such as homeless shelters and soup kitchens, saunas, a Decatur museum in the old chaplain’s house, and community gathering spaces for yoga, art classes and the like.

Here are the upcoming dates, times and locations for the March workshops.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 3 | 9-NOON
DINING HALL, 500 S. COLUMBIA DRIVE, DECATUR

TUESDAY, MARCH 6 | 6-8PM
DINING HALL, 500 S. COLUMBIA DRIVE, DECATUR

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 | 2-5PM
DINING HALL, 500 S. COLUMBIA DRIVE, DECATUR

Source: Decaturnext.com

The two Saturday workshops will also include opportunities to tour the campus, according to the announcement from the city.

“For each workshop, the project team will get everyone on the same page with an initial summary of information to-date — ideas collected at the kick-off, significant buildings on the site, and the general physical characteristics we have to work with,” the post on Decaturnext.com says, adding, “Thereafter, we’ll break into table discussions to drill down on various ideas and explore how each might contribute to or otherwise further Decatur’s strategic goals. We’ll end with an opportunity to ask questions and, if need be, affix additional ideas to our imagination boards.”

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