Fred Greenwood Park

Fred Greenwood Park

Fred Greenwood Park is a city park south of Medina. The land in South Point Meadows, former farmland, was purchased for utilization as park land. The park was built in 1985 named after Fred Greenwood in recognition of his many contributions to the city and the community.

Fred Greenwood was a mayor of Medina for two terms from 1966 -1974. He was known as a tireless worker and supporter of the safety service. During his time in office he pushed to acquire park land and started the park system. The park system expected builders to donate three percent of their developments to the city. Ray Mellert Park was established during his time as a mayor. Mayor Greenwood and many others in the country fell in line with the national environmental movement. They understood that they had to start preserving land to enhance the Medina experience.

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Fred Greenwood

Fred Greenwood

Fred Greenwood was born in Arbor, Michigan in 1925 but grew up in Medina. He graduated from Medina and went to Howe Military School. For serving as an infantry mortar gunman in Europe during World War II, he earned a bronze star. His career began with being an underwriter for Westfield Insurance. Later he joined Lance and Co., where he served as a president in 1955. He started getting involved into the city government and civic organizations. He served two terms as a mayor from 1966 to 1974. He was the Medina Park Commissioner for four years and was elected to the Chamber of Commerce Hall in 1981. The former mayor passed away with the age of 79 years in 2004. Image Courtesy: Medina Gazette View File Details Page

Municipal Court

Municipal Court

Fred Greenwood was able to relocate the Municipal Court from a the corner of West Friendship and Courtstreet above an open pantry and build a new one. Today it is located north west of the square on North Elmwood Avenue. During his time in office, the City Hall was also built right next to Municipal Court but was not finished before he left. Image Courtesy: Katharina Nossa View File Details Page

Medina's first snorkel truck

Medina's first snorkel truck

Fred Greenwood commissioned the addition of a snorkel truck for Medina. It was the first snorkel truck Medina ever had. Greenwood was a supporter of safety and he was a fireman himself for 22 years. Image Courtesy: Medina Archives Museum View File Details Page

Pavilion

Pavilion

After the park was accomplished, the Rotary Club decided to add a pavilion. The Rotary Club was founded in 1947 and tried to improve the quality of life, health and well-being of citizens. Ron Quine who chaired the golf committee came up with the idea of building a pavilion. The Rotary Club purchased the lumber, and the club members did the physical labor to build the pavilion, laying concrete and doing all the work to finish it in one month. Image Courtesy: Medina Gazette View File Details Page

T-Ball in Fred Greenwood Park

T-Ball in Fred Greenwood Park

Not only the splash pad is a fun activity. Fred Greenwood Park also provides T-ball fields, so older kids can have a chance to do something too. Here you can see Andrew DeLaat scoring home after a hit. Image Courtesy: Barb DeLaat View File Details Page

Activities in Fred Greenwood Park

Activities in Fred Greenwood Park

Fred Greenwood Park, located on 350 Sturbridge Drive, consists of 38 acres of land. It has three soccer fields and softball fields, two T-Ball fields, a playground, a pavilion, and a walking trail. Most known in the park is the 2500-square-foot splash pad. The splash pad opened in July 2007. Parks and Recreation Director Tim Swanson first proposed a splash pad while thinking of summer recreation alternatives to the Medina Municipal Pool. Mayor Jane Leaver explained the city wanted some type of water feature on the south end of town, noting the municipal pool is located on the city north side. Brandtstetter, Carroll, Zofein Inc., an architecture firm in Cleveland designed the splash pad while Brookside Lawn Care of Medina constructed it. Image Courtesy: Heather Short View File Details Page

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Fred Greenwood Park is a recognized and a liked park in the Medina community. In April 2011, there was a fundraiser held by the MOMS Club of Medina for the new community playground equipment for Greenwood Park. It was a breakfast hosted at the Prince of Lutheran Church. You could also play games and get a picture with the Easter Bunny. Image Courtesy: Medina Gazette View File Details Page

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Recreation Director Bill Dunn

Recreation Director Bill Dunn Fred Greenwood`s great job as a mayor. View File Details Page

Memories in Fred Greenwood Park

Michelle Prandi talks about her memories and activities in Fred Greenwood Park. View File Details Page

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Katharina Nossa, “Fred Greenwood Park,” Discover Medina, accessed March 26, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/168.
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