November 25, 2014

Medina
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Volunteers, city employees work hard over weekend so kids can play

The new playground at Fred Greenwood Park is taped and fenced off for now, but members of the Medina Moms Club say it should open to the public in the coming weeks as soon as mulch is laid. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

The new playground at Fred Greenwood Park is taped and fenced off for now, but members of the Medina Moms Club say it should open to the public in the coming weeks as soon as mulch is laid. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — City officials and neighborhood volunteers helped city workers build a new playground at Fred Greenwood Park this weekend.

The West Sturbridge Drive park will open the new playground in the coming weeks, as soon as mulch can be laid.

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell and other volunteers help build a new playground at Fred Greenwood Park on Saturday. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell and other volunteers help build a new playground at Fred Greenwood Park on Saturday. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Ellen Nolan, a member of the MOMS Club of Medina West, said Mayor Dennis Hanwell, city councilmen Bill Lamb and Mark Kolesar, several club volunteers and city employees worked Saturday and early Sunday to get the playground built.

“If we hadn’t had the volunteers to help install it this weekend, it would have taken so much longer to get it ready,” Nolan said.

The playground was commissioned in December after Medina City Council agreed to help the MOMS Club fund it. The club had raised more than $6,000, and council paid about $25,000.

Nolan said the playground was needed because the previous structure was aging and becoming dangerous.

“Now that soccer season and other seasons are kicking in, it’ll be a nice new place for kids to enjoy themselves,” she said.

The MOMS Club already has more ideas in mind, but Nolan said they’re planning to take a short break.

“We’re going to take a breather after this,” she said. “But we’re hoping to raise funds to get a swing set in there. It’s such a highly used park with the Splash Pad and all the recreational areas, so we’re hoping to get some funding for that too.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.