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There is an exciting community project taking place in the small rural village of Quilcene. That undertaking, Worthington Park, is a unique ten acre, multi-use facility committed to the historical, cultural, recreational, and economic livelihood of the region.

It would not exist if not for the generous contributions of hundreds of community volunteers committing thousands of hours to the restoration, construction, and operation of the facility; over 22,000 hours to date. Individual donors and grantors are the financial engine behind Worthington Park, and the facility operates under the auspices of the Quilcene Historical Museum, a 501(c)(3) organization.

The Worthington mansion is the only remaining house of its size and cultural relevance in rural Jefferson County - now listed on both the Washington State Heritage Registry of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places. The mansion, the Linger Longer outdoor theatre (built by volunteers in 2012), and Museum offer a place for private and public events and economic opportunities for local businesses. The Quilcene Historical Museum has successfully implemented a multi-year plan to restore Worthington mansion to its former glory.

When completed in 2019, Worthington Park will be a one-of-a-kind events center on the Olympic peninsula.

On April 3, The Leader published a notification for public comment on the conditional use permit application submitted by Worthington Park. We hope that public voice is heard.

Worthington Park is committed to working closely with the County to realize its full potential in 2019.

Brian Cullen
QUILCENE

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