Reagan Park

Reagan Parkway was originally bought by the city of Medina as an expansion of the landfill, but Bill Dunn, head of Parks and Recreation, saw the land's potential. After buying the land from Dr.Reagan for $500 per acre, Dunn began to administer renovations in order to turn the plot of land into a functioning park for the community. He was able to use the land as a park, because the reservoir was built to the south of the water plant, and the sewer plant and landfill were slowly beginning to close.

Today, Reagan Park is a huge part of the community. Almost every member of Medina City has a memory of a time they have spent there, and still return to experience the sense of nostalgia the park brings them. From sports to sled riding to skateboarding, the park offers activities for people of all ages, and continues to be a favorite place of the town. The park has come a long way from being pasture land,sewage and landfill.

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Hazards

Hazards

Soon after opening as a park, Reagan began to show possible safety hazards. There were still remnants of the old sewage plant that could have posed dangers to park users. There were also left over underground tunnels and a former landfill near the baseball fields. Phillip Duke, the councilman in 1986, proposed that $75,000 in federal revenue sharing funds that were going to be used for a new fire station, would be used to improve the park. The area was eventually cleared, and it was decided that a levy would be used to fund the long awaited fire stations. Image Courtesy of: Amber Dolly View File Details Page

Buildings

Buildings

The first facility built was a baseball diamond that took up 300 ft off Weymouth Rd. Parks and recreation also added a tennis court, picnic pavilion and playground to the top area of the park. A parking lot running south from the ball filed was also added,along with a waterline for a drinking fountain. Buildings and sports weren't the only thing Reagan Park could offer, though. Image Courtesy of :Amber Dolly View File Details Page

The Skatepark

The Skatepark

Pictured above is Patrick Roup, a community member and student of Medina County. He's enjoying a nice ride on his skateboard at the Reagan Skate Park. This is a place where many of the teens in the area spend their free time. After having a grind rail stolen from the park in 2010, the council has made sure that all pieces of the skate park would be welded and bolted down to avoid another incident. Image Courtesy of :Amber Dolly View File Details Page

Nature Trails

Nature Trails

The parks and recreation team began clearing paths to the Rocky River that ran straight through Reagan Park. Nature trails with wonderful views were made as well. These trails allowed for a place that people could ride bikes, and they were frequently used by the high school cross country team. The trails were enhanced with the planting of wild flowers, seedlings and daffodils. Image Courtesy of:Amber Dolly View File Details Page

The Pee Wee Football Association

The Pee Wee Football Association

The organization of Medina Youth Football was an essential turning point for the youth of Medina. Instead of the usual activities like farming and scouting, football was something new and exciting. After wearing out their welcome with the school due to overuse of facilities, the Pee Wee Football Association had nowhere to practice. In 1971, Bill Dunn decided against the Mayor's opposition to help them. He bought old poles and a set of used football lights from Firelands School, and constructed a field for the team to play on. There was a hill that separated the first ball field and the football field, which became a popular sled riding hill during the winter months. View File Details Page

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Amber Dolly, “Reagan Park,” Discover Medina, accessed July 22, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/170.

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