Green Leaf Park in Medina County adds 15 acres and protects Wolf Creek

Medina County’s first district park is now 15 acres larger.

Green Leaf Park – which opened in 1972 and is located at 1674 S. Medina Line Road in Sharon Township – grew by 15 acres in June, thanks to a $231,964.50 Clean Ohio grant from the Commission of Ohio Public Works, the park district said.

The 15-acre acquisition helps protect Wolf Creek, which flows east through Summit County, eventually reaching the Barberton Reservoir, which provides drinking water to the town of nearly 25,000 people, a said the park district.

“Green Leaf Park is a microcosm of what the park district is all about – nature, recreation, restoration, preservation and protection of woodlands and wetlands for the benefit of people and the ecosystem in which we live,” the park district said.

The Park District said it has worked with landowners for several years to preserve the property.

Park District Department of Natural Resources staff have documented several neotropical spring wildflowers and songbirds on the property, with 144 native species of plants, animals, and fungi recorded during three site visits. Large trees on the property include American beech and basswood, sugar maple, and various oaks, with some of the trees up to three feet in diameter.

“Its preservation benefits multiple counties and communities, and like many of our successes, this one crossed the finish line thanks to the people involved, including the patient vendors and dedicated Park District staff,” said Nathan. Eppink, director of the Medina County Park District.

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The Clean Ohio grant application included letters of support from the Medina County Soil and Water Conservation District, the City of Barberton, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division, Summit Metro Parks and park partner West Creek Conservancy.

Green Leaf Park features a 0.85 mile nature trail, one acre pond, outdoor shelter that seats 80 people, toboggan run, and youth football/soccer field. The property was the Sharon Gravel Pit from the turn of the 20th century to 1971, with tons of gravel and sand deposited by retreating glaciers mined from the site.

Also located in the park is the Hard Family Log Cabin (circa 1817), one of the oldest remaining dwellings in Medina County. The Sharon Historical Society moved it to Green Leaf Park, and the Medina County Herb Society maintains an herb garden near the cabin.

“The township is excited about the growth of Medina County parks,” said Sharon Township Administrator Kim Miller. “Now more than ever, families want more open spaces and parks. The township is grateful for this property that the district worked so hard to acquire.

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