GRANGER TWP.: The sign off Windfall Road is about the only indication that the Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park exists.
From the road, you can’t see much of the newest Medina County Park District park that is tucked behind a small hill.
There is also an interesting back story that goes with the 104-acre park that will be dedicated with ceremonies at 2 p.m. today.
The park was made possible by the donation of the land by Richard and Beverly Mugrage of Granger Township.
The park was named after his mother, whom Mugrage credited with having the strength to guide his family through the Great Depression and keeping the land in the family, said Thomas James, director of the county park district.
The land was appraised at $4.5 million.
The Mugrages donated the land to the park district in early 2005.
It is located at 4985 Windfall Road, about a quarter miles north of state Route 18. It is close to the Windfall cemetery and sits just north of the Hospice of Medina County that can be seen from the park.
Park facilities include a 3-acre catch-and-release fishing pond, a picnic shelter, a paved multipurpose trail, short nature trails, a sledding hill, restrooms, parking lots and an entrance drive.
There will be naturalist-led hikes and golf cart tours for those with difficulty walking after the ceremonies today.
The picnic shelter was donated by John and Virginia Jeandrevin of Medina.
The park, James said, will be “a typical Medina County park with improvements and a lot of natural areas and grass trails.”
The park district has invested about $655,000 in developing and building the park with the picnic shelter, he said.
The park is expected to become a busy place because it is surrounded by housing developments in Medina, Montville, Granger and Sharon townships, he said.
The park has been under construction for the last 2½ years, James said. There were no major problems, but work was slowed in part by rainy construction seasons and an already wet site, he added.
“It’s just taken longer than usual to get it open,” he said. “It’s just one of those things.”
Future plans include a dog park and a playground.
The dog park will likely be constructed next year and the playground is scheduled to be built in late 2014 or early 2015, James said.
Park hours are 8 a.m. to dark daily.
Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.