Central Park Grand Opening Celebration is Saturday, July 9,
featuring performance by NEO Jazz Orchestra
Green, OH – The City is pleased to invite the community to celebrate the Central Park Grand Opening on Saturday, July 9 at 5 p.m. The evening will begin with a brief ceremony and ribbon cutting followed by a performance of the NEO Jazz Orchestra.
The ceremony will include brief remarks from Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer; Don Taylor, CEO of Welty Building Company, the general contractor for Central Park; Tony Slanec, principal at OHM Advisors, the park design firm; and Ohio State Representative Anthony Devitis. Following the brief remarks, the winners of the Kids’ Ribbon Cutting Essay Contest will be invited to cut the ceremonial ribbon.
In addition to live music from NEO Jazz Orchestra, the entire park including the splash pad will be open for the community to enjoy and explore. Several food vendors including Lobster Louie’s Food Truck and John’s Gyros will be selling a variety of dinner and snack items. Parking for Central Park is available in the Central Park parking lot, located off of Steese Road; at the Central Administration Building; and in the Green Memorial Stadium lot located adjacent to the park.
The park will open at sunrise on July 9 with the splash pad opening at 11 a.m.
The 8.1acre park is located at 1795 Steese Road, nestled between the Green Intermediate School, Central Administration Building and the Retirement Residence of Green. It is the tenth community park in the City of Green’s more than 530 acre park system. The park, designed by OHM Advisors, features an open-air amphitheater; 4,341- square foot community hall with an additional 824-square foot open patio for multi-use rental and program space; an almost one-mile walking path; splash pad; playground; concession stands and public restrooms. Built by Welty Building Company, construction of the $5.3 million park began on July 9, 2015.
The 4,341-community hall is available for rental beginning August 1, 2016. Reservations for the hall will be accepted beginning July 11 via the City’s website at www.cityofgreen.org or by calling 330-896-6621. The hall will seat approximately 125 people at 8-foot round tables with an additional 824 square feet of patio space. The east wall includes two large folding doors, which may be fully opened to create a unique indoor/outdoor event space. Tables are included in the rental. Rental rates are $100/hour with a three-hour minimum or $600 for a full-day rental for Saturday and Sunday events. Events held Monday – Friday are $75/hour with a three-hour minimum or $450 for full-day rental. The community hall kitchen includes refrigerator, three-compartment sink, hand washing sink, two microwaves, coffee maker and commercial-grade refrigerator.
The open-air amphitheater adjacent to the community hall has concrete seating for 350 with a lawn area, which will accommodate an additional 150 people. A concession stand and the external entrance to the community hall restrooms are located to the left of the amphitheater stage.
The Splash Pad, sponsored by Aqua America through a five-year, $10,000 annual sponsorship, is designed to accommodate 100 kids with three distinct play areas for different age groups from toddlers on up. The splash pad will be open daily through Labor Day, weather depending, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The water at the splash pad is recirculated through a filter and treated throughout the day. To further ensure a clean and safe play area, the water system is flushed weekly and replenished. Next to the splash pad is a concession and restroom facility and shaded picnic area.
The one-mile walking trail meanders around and through the entire 8.1 acre park, and connects to sidewalks at Town Park Boulevard and Steese Road.
The traditional playground has two-distinct play areas based on age level. The toddler lot features a double slide and two rock-climbing features. The remaining playground area is geared for kids up to 12 years of age and includes a playset with slide and multiple climbing features, swings, log tunnel, sensory play area and more.
Central Market Plaza
The Central Market Plaza includes an upper 4,800 square-foot plaza and a 3,925 lower plaza which will be the home of Green’s Central Market on Tuesday evenings from 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. from July 12 through September 27. The lower plaza will also be converted into an ice skating rink in the winter to accommodate 47 skaters.
Ponds, Overlooks and Additional Features
The park has three distinct ponds, totaling 2.07 acres, which are linked together through a protected wetland stream. The upper and lower ponds have wooden overlook areas for relaxing, viewing and fishing. Throughout the park, there are 24 park benches. In the center of the park is a 25-foot concolor fir tree, which will be the focal point of the City’s holiday light display at the park.
Policies for Central Park
In addition to the general park policies for all of Green Parks, a few specific policies apply to Central Park. Dogs are permitted in Central Park with the exception of the concrete seating area of the amphitheater, splash pad area and playground. Dogs must be on 6-foot leashes at all times. To ensure the safety of walkers along the trails, bike riders are asked to walk their bikes within the park.
The City of Green, Ohio, founded in 1992, is a prosperous, progressive and promising city with more than 25,000 residents. Approximately 33.5 square-miles, Green is located in southern Summit County. Visit www.cityofgreen.org. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofgreenohio