Roscoe Ewing Park

Roscoe Ewing Park was the first frisbee golf park in the state of Ohio at the advent of 1980, three years after the opening of the park. It was the idea of a Californian record frisbee thrower and his father, both close business friends of the developer for the land, to be renovate it for use as a disc golf course. Originally, the course was comprised of 8 holes was seen as a great accomplishment for Medina and those who lived here. The park has been renovated several times since then, including the addition of ten more holes and the reworking of the original eight.

Roscoe Ewing Park got its namesake from the prominent lawyer whose farm was bought and donated by the developer to create most of the park. Due to the lay out of the land next to the railroad, and fact that it was bisected by Champion Creek, and was being located behind Falling Oaks Lake, the place turned out to be far from ideal for development. The frequent flooding in the area made landowners give up portions of their property to Ryan Development, the owner of the parklands. The company eventually came to an agreement with the city to use the land as a park.

The beauty of the land and the popularity of the park explains for the construction in the recent years with the creek that runs through the trail. The trail itself was paid for by a park grant, and the trail itself was finished back in 2005 and has been enjoyed ever since. Other trails were added to the park throughout time, such as bridges, and their upkeep in and around the park was maintained.

Overall, Roscoe Ewing is ideal for a good game of disc golf or for a calm, recreational walk in the local park rich with native species of trees and local natural history. For these reasons, Roscoe Ewing Park should be protected for years to come, so that generations to come can enjoy it like at all those who came before them.

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Roscoe Ewing Park

Roscoe Ewing Park

In 1977, not many could predict the outcome of the park as it is today. With additions of bridges and trails moving throughout the park, it the landscape has been conserved for enjoyment of the local environment. Other people may not have predicted the success of frisbee golf as many non-conventional sports become fads or only have cult followings unlike this park which has been thoroughly enjoyed by the public. (Image courtesy of Zach Berno) View File Details Page

Disc Golfing

Disc Golfing

Opening as the first disc golf course in Ohio, it was able to get people to notice the small town of Medina.The original eight holes were designed by Steady Ed Headrick who is also known as the father disc golf and for posthumously putting his cremated remains in discs for charitable causes. Even since the course has been changed throughout the years into an eighteen hole course, the fourth hole has remained named after him. Many famous disc golfers have played at Roscoe, and several competitions have been hosted there over the years. (Image courtesy of Steve Pierce) View File Details Page

Champion Creek and other Water Sytems

Champion Creek and other Water Sytems

The area surrounding Champion Creek and other creeks moving through the park are part of a system of lakes in Medina, including the nearby Falling Oaks Lake, and is somewhat connected to Medina Lake. The creek also is a runoff of other northeast Ohio rivers as it is included in its system. With keeping nature and community close, the park embodied a very comfortable place for the community members to recreate and preserve the natural water flow while walking along the streams. Image Courtesy of G. Hill View File Details Page

The trails

The trails

The multipurpose trails were funded by federal grant money and completed back in 2005. The trails cover about 1.3 miles of land in the park that is open for use to the community. A good portion of the trail runs near the railroad. This fact has surely been a concern for mothers, but trains going through have limits on the speed they can travel through the area, and the trail is a safe distance away with fences at the higher risk parts. On the other side of the story, the slow speed of the trains have tempted adventurous souls to hop on optimal trains and jump off near Guilford at the entrance to the park before any precautions except train speed were enacted. (Image courtesy of Kaden Nieves) View File Details Page

Leverage

Leverage

The park lands were already being used naturally and planned to serve as a buffer for excess stormwater before it was turned into a park in the late seventies. The relatively low flatlands to the higher and more developed surroundings causes a semi-wetland environment that is local to Medina and typical to Ohio. This type of ecology prevents stable foundations for housing development and is not suitable for major construction. Both the railroad and the housing development are several feet higher than the flat land of the park making any civil engineering more difficult as well since modifying the landscape to drain water would be a herculean task. Due to this information, there was probably nothing better suited for this plot of land than to conserve its value as a park. (Image courtesy of Kaden Nieves) View File Details Page

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Kaden's childhood memory

Kaden recalls her first time at Roscoe Ewing park. View File Details Page

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Zach Berno, Kaden Nieves, “Roscoe Ewing Park,” Discover Medina, accessed July 21, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/113.
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