Sam Masi Park

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.

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The Pavilion

The Pavilion

The pavilion, located near the front of Sam Masi Park, serves as an ideal place to take shelter from the hot sun or freezing rain. It also includes wooden tables that come in handy during picnics. It's worth noting at this time that not many people have heard of this park: it's hidden away in a quiet community. Image courtesy of myself and Sam Masi Park. View File Details Page

Challenger Field

Challenger Field

Challenger field is a field for softball or t-ball, and, as an added bonus, is handicap accessible. Due to the season this picture was taken during, the field is covered with a sheet to protect it from the elements. Even though the park is tucked away, the city still spends money to make sure it's preserved. Image courtesy of myself and Sam Masi Park. View File Details Page

The Playground

The Playground

A play area built for children everywhere. Similar to Challenger field, it's handicap accessible, but a bit more versatile. The playground includes slides, swings, and multiple ways to climb up and down. The city made the playground handicap accessible to boot, meaning that no kid has to miss out. Image courtesy of myself and Sam Masi Park. View File Details Page

Sam Masi: The Coach

Sam Masi: The Coach

Sam Masi was best known in Medina for coaching football. He was famous for his friendly personality: one of the obituaries on him told of him "having hundreds of friends." He was also a good coach, leading his team to an excellent season of 6-3 in his last year. Image courtesy of Medinian, circa 1942. View File Details Page

Sam Masi: The Person

Sam Masi: The Person

In his obituary, the paper makes a note to refer to Sam Masi in the same informal way he liked to have been called in real life: Sam. It's quite the testament to his character. He was a very friendly, caring, spiritual person who was extremely involved in the community. Image courtesy of the Medinian, circa 1945 View File Details Page

Cite this Page:

Mackenzie Anne, “Sam Masi Park,” Discover Medina, accessed March 26, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/165.

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