Green's newest park -- Central Park -- is NOW OPEN. The nearly 8.5-acre park is located adjacent to the Green Intermediate School and Central Administration Building.
Total Acres: 8.11
Total Construction Cost: $5.3 million
Completion Date: July 9, 2016
Location: 1795 Steese Road. On Steese Road, nestled between the Central Administration Building, Green Intermediate School and the Retirement Residence of Green.
Purpose: Central Park was designed in the heart of Green to create a hub or gathering place reminiscent of communities with historic downtowns.
- One-mile asphalt walking trail
- Community Hall: 5,700 S.F.
- Restroom and concession building: 1,110 S.F.
- Amphitheater with occupancy for 500 (350 concrete seating/150 lawn area)
- Splash Pad area to accommodate up to 100 kids
- Splash Pad hours are 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, weather permitting
- Playground for all ages
- Farmers’ Market Plaza: 4,800 S.F. (Upper) / 3,925 S.F. (Lower)
- Seasonal ice skating rink (2,375 S.F.) to accommodate up to 47 people
- Parking lots: 81 new parking spaces: Steese Road Parking Lot: 63 spaces (3 handicap); Farmers’ Market: 18 spaces (1 handicap)
- Three ponds (total of 2.07 acres)
- In the fall of 2011, City Council authorized the City to update the City's Long Range Land Use Plan and Massillon Road Corridor Plan. A Steering Committee was formed and they spent the last three months of 2011 and the early part of 2012 studying the Massillon Road Corridor from both a transportation and land use prospective. The Steering Committee identified this area as an ideal location for a community park.
- The City began to acquire land near the Central Administration Building in the fall of 2012 to provide the necessary space to create a community park.
- In 2013, an initial concept plan was prepared to help drive the conversation about creating this space. In the fall of 2013, a Central Park Steering Committee was formed and met to work with the project's design firm, OHM Advisors.
- During the Mayor's State of the City Address in January 2014, he presented plans for Central Park. Public input was gathered via informational meetings and a community survey in the spring of 2014.
- Final construction plans were completed in the fall of 2014.
- The project was bid in early 2015. Following the initial construction bids, plans were reviewed and revised to reduce cost and the project was rebid in April 2015.
- Council approved the construction contract on June 9, 2015 for $5.3 million. See video of June 9, 2015 City Council meeting.
- Central Park Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on July 9, 2015 at 9 a.m. Video of Central Park Groundbreaking Ceremony