The First 20 years as a City

On April 5, 1992, following certification by the Board of Elections verifying that the Village had 5,000+ registered voters participate in the November 1991 General Election, the Village of Green was officially declared a City by then Secretary of State, Bob Taft.

Notable Moments in Green History from 1992-2012City of Green Logo 20th anniversary


  • Population: 19,179
  • John Torok, Mayor
  • April 5, 1992 -- Secretary of State Bob Taft declared Green a City.
  • First Memorial Day Parade held.
  • Income tax revenues for were $537,678.
  • The City employed 63 full and part-time employees.


  • City Charter, voted on in November 1992, takes effect on 1/1/93. Created the departments of finance, planning, service, law, safety and parks & recreation (verify). Also created 7 council members -- 3 at-Large, 4 Wards -- previously there were 5 council positions. One percent income tax enacted with 10% being allocated to Parks capital.


  • City council created an engineering department for the City.



  • Boettler Park opened.
  • First Trick or Treat Trail held at Boettler Park.


  • Freda Hunter Bates, mayor, from January 1, 1998 - October 1998
  • Brenda Fargo, mayor from October 1998 - 12/31/99
  • Kreighbaum Park and Greensburg Park opened.
  • First Long-Range Land Use Plan developed.


  • Mayor Dan Croghan takes office.
  • Interchange at Massillon Road and I-77 reconstructed.
  • Summa Health System and Green Family YMCA opened.
  • Built the concession facility at Greensburg Park with the sponsorship from Coca-Cola.
  • Construction on The Chapel of Green began.


  • Intersection of SR 619 and Massillon Road widened.
  • Massillon Road from Boettler Road to Graybill Road widened.
  • FedEx Custom Critical moved to Green.
  • Fire Station # 2 was built on SR619/Turkeyfoot Lake Road.


  • Raber Road reconstructed with additional turn lanes at Massillon Road.
  • Heritage Hill Playground at Boettler Park was built by more than 400 community volunteers.
  • Lowe's Home Improvement selected location on Arlington Road.
  • Retirement Residence of Green was constructed.


  • Main Street reconstructed and widened at the intersection of SR 619.
  • Corporate Woods Parkway extended to Tabs Drive.
  • Boettler Park restroom facilities added.
  • The 1885 Litchenwalter Schoolhouse at Boettler Park was restored.
  • Green Memorial Stadium renovated.


  • Mayor Dan Croghan takes office for his second term.
  • First Annual Art-A-Palooza held at Boettler Park.
  • Added 1.2 mile walking path at Boettler Park.
  • Sheetz gas station and convenience store was constructed at the corner of SR 619 and Massillon Road.
  • Long range Land use plan updated.


  • Intersection at Lauby Road and I-77 widened.
  • City acquired Southgate Park.
  • Parks and Recreation Board and City Council accepted 5/10 year Master Plan for Green's Parks.
  • East Liberty park opened.
  • Greensburg Park playground added.
  • Cambria Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Holiday Inn Express began construction.
  • Consolidated emergency dispatch services with Coventry, Springfield, Lakemore and Uniontown.


  • Greensburg and Massillon Road intersection widened.
  • Arlington Ridge Marketplace/Target Plaza was constructed on Arlington Road.
  • Green Primary School, 2300 Graybill Road, constructed.
  • Addition to Green High School, 1474 Boettler Road, completed.


  • First Annual Freedomfest held at Boettler Park.
  • Entered into an agreement with the Ohio Division of Wildlife to manage the lakes and wildlife at Southgate Park.
  • First Annual Holiday Pops Concert.


  • Mayor Dick Norton takes office.
  • City's bond rating was raised to an AA rating from Standard & Poor's.
  • Spring Hill Sports Complex, state-of-the-art soccer and sports complex, completed.
  • The extension of Fortuna Drive to the Spring Hill Sports Complex opened
  • Reconstruction of Steese Road and Shriver Road intersection completed
  • Strategic Plan for City of Green created with four key initiatives --Parks and Recreation, Economic Development, Transportation and Connectivity, and Safety.
  • First year for the Halloween Haunted Hayrides through Southgate Park.
  • Six-miles of bike and hike lanes added to Christman Road.
  • Entered into agreement with Summit County mounted patrol to house horses at Southgate Park.
  • First Christmas in the park held at Boettler Park; later becomes Christmas-at-Town-Park.
  • Green Memorial Stadium turf was installed.


  • New City of Green web site, community and business e-newsletters launched.
  • Progressive Insurance moved to Green.
  • Freda Hunter Bates Pavilion at Boettler Park and East Liberty Park Pavilion opened.
  • The first season of the Green Farmers Market opened at Boettler Park.
  • Green Alert, a wireless emergency notification system, launched. For more information to sign up your cell phone number or for new residents to ensure your home number is included, please contact the Green Fire Division at 330-896-6610 or visit
  • The first two-lane roundabout in Summit County completed 15 days ahead of schedule.
  • Phase 2 of the Massillon Road Corridor completed.
  • Ariss Park with its three tackle fields and two flag and practice football fields opened.
  • Grand opening of the new Central Administration Building. The City and School Administrations moved into their shared facility.
  • Mayor Norton presented the first ever Distinguished Business Award to Diebold for its 150 years in business.


  • Ritzman Pharmacy opened at the corner of Massillon and Graybill Roads.
  • The second season of the Green Farmers Market opened in its new location in the Summa Health System parking lot.
  • Spring Hill Sports Complex and Ariss Park Concession and Restroom Facilities added.
  • Akron General broke ground on its new Akron General Health and Wellness Center in Green.
  • Kovatch Castings broke ground on its expansion. The company received a $1 million grant to complete the expansion. An estimated 40 jobs are expected to be added once completed.
  • Arlington Road Corridor Project season 1 to be completed. Intersection of Arlington Road and SR 619 widening to be completed.
  • Green Veterans Memorial Park to be dedicated on Nov. 11, 2010.
  • Green resident Mary Taylor elected to Lieutenant Governor of the State of Ohio.
  • CAK Runway 5/23 extension was completed in November 2010. The runaway was extended from 7,600 ft to 8,200 ft for a cost of $60 million.
  • Population of Green, according to the 2010 census, is 25,669.


  • InfoCision moved to its new location on Massillon Road.
  • The City employs 128 employees.
  • City of Green launched its Facebook page,
  • Arlington Road corridor widening completed.
  • Both Akron General Health and Wellness Center and Summa Health System began construction on new emergency room and health care facilities.
  • CAK achieved its highest passenger rate year with more than 1.6 million passengers.



  • Mayor Norton begins his second term of office.