What was once a farm town, in recent years the city of Green has become a bustling, developing city. The rapidly growing area provides all the amenities of city life without all the noise. Close to Akron and Canton and less than an hour away from Cleveland, Green is a location that’s accessible, especially with the Akron/Canton airport in its backyard.
Parks and Outdoors
Currently, Green is in the process of planning and creating a new Central Park nestled in the heart of the city. Over the past few years, the city has been designing a park that will serve as an essential part of the community with an amphitheater for concerts, plays, movies and events; a splash pad and play space; an outdoor playground for all age groups; an open lawn area and ample parking space. The committee overseeing the creation and planning of this park is receiving feedback from the community and looks to open the park in the near future.
Green also has more than 530 acres of land across 10 parks. Boettler Park — home to FreedomFest and Taste of Green — has two playgrounds, eight acres of protected wetlands, a fishing pond, four tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, two large pavilions and the historic Lichtenwalter Schoolhouse.
Southgate Park, a dog-friendly location, is filled with natural landscapes including more than five miles of trails, fishing ponds, Horseshoe Lake, Mirror Lake, North Lake and forest.
Portage Lakes State Park largely resides in Green and includes Miller Lake, Mud Lake and Turkeyfoot Lake.
Shopping & Dining
Green offers ways for parents to shop, dine with the kids or go out alone in the city.
Kelly MacAleese of Green, and mother of four, says, “When my husband and I want to sneak away for a night out, we like to head to Legends Sports Pub and Grille (1840 Town Park Blvd.)”
The Bistro of Green (3459 Massillon Road) and the Nauti Vine Winery (3950 S. Main St.), which is located on the shores of Portage Lakes, also allow for parents night out options, whereas the new restaurant, Twisted Olive (5430 Massillon Road), scheduled to open this fall, will provide a more family-friendly dining environment.
Shopping in Green has favorites such as Target and Kohl’s, and the city is in close proximity to shopping centers like Belden Village, Montrose and Chapel Hill. The Arlington Road area is home to the city’s auto-mile where car dealerships are plentiful.
The city of Green covers 33.5 square miles of land in southern Summit County and is located equidistant between Akron and Canton. With foundations that date back to 1809, Green is deeply rooted in history but constantly looking forward to a prosperous future.
Home to bustling businesses and historic landmarks alike, Green balances preservation with prosperity. Notable historical landmarks include the Lichtenwalter Schoolhouse, the Levi J. Hartong House and Farm, the Henry Heiss Home and the Aultman Schoolhouse.
“I have had the pleasure of being raised in Green,” MacAleese says. “My parents moved to Green in 1973 when Massillon Road consisted of merely one stop sign. Massillon Road has much more to offer now and a lot more than just one stop sign.”
Green’s school district has maintained an “Excellent” rating from the Ohio Department of Education since 1999.
Access to higher education is a close proximity to The University of Akron, Walsh University, Stark State College, Kent State University, University of Mount Union and Malone University. Less than an hour away are universities and colleges such as Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art & Design and John Carroll University.
“After my husband and I got married and had children, we truly wanted to raise them in a community with a strong school system and in a community that supported that school system,” MacAleese says. “To show how much the community supports each other, head to the Green Infocision High School stadium for a Friday night football game and you’ll see the pride the community has in their kids.”
Health care is also a priority to the community of Green and it shows with three major hospitals in the area. Akron General Medical Center, Summa health systems and Akron Children’s Hospital all have a home in Green.
Events Calendar for City of Green
June 12-July 24 — Children’s Concert Series, Thursdays, 11 a.m.
June 17-Oct. 7 — Farmer’s Market, Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m.
June 27-28 — FreedomFest and Taste of Green
Aug. 2 — East Liberty Park Appreciation Day
Aug. 9 — Community Movie and Campout
Aug. 23 — Art-A-Palooza, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Oct. 18 — Trick-or-Treat Trail & Touch-a-Truck, 3-5 p.m.
Nov. 11 — Veteran’s Day Ceremony, 11 a.m.
Dec. 6 — Christmas-at-Town Park, 4-7 p.m.
Dec. 17 — Holiday POPS Concert