Why do we name parks after the people who inspire us? So we never forget the legacy they led. This particular park is named after Sam Masi, a football coach in Medina who also served as the first Medina City Recreation Commission Chairman. The bill to create the park passed on February 11th, 1985, and is located on Gates Mills Blvd. It has multiple amenities, including a playground and Challenger Field, and honors the man who was all things football.
Sam Masi was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and moved to Ohio when he was older. Before he became a coach in Medina, he had actually been a coach starting in 1925, and jumped from district to district before settling down in Medina for fifteen years. During his time here, he coached football, baseball, and basketball, organized "Athletic Night," and made friends with many due to his warm personality. He retired in 1970. After he passed -watching football, no less- the city decided to honor him by naming one of their parks after him.