History of The Commons

The West Geauga Community Joint Recreation district was formed. The Board comprised of nine members: Chester Township, Russell township and the West Geauga School Board of Education each appoint three trustees. The mission of this board is to acquire and develop land to meet recreational needs of the West Geauga Community.

Under the leadership of the Board, community volunteers developed a roadway and two athletic fields used for soccer. The WGCJRD was awarded two community grants for beautification of the park.


The WGCJRD was awarded ODNR Land & Water Matching Grant in the amount of $150,000 for Phase II Development of the Commons Park. This included a Baseball Field, Jogging Trail, Maintenance Service Shed, Outdoor Restrooms and a Pavilion.

Developed three sand volleyball courts.

Installed a children's playground adjacent to the Pavilion.

Installed a regulated Basketball court.

Developed a sports equipment shed. Major Erosion Control project completed.

Constructed youth soccer field

Awarded ODNR Nature Works Grant to construct additional, upgraded restroom facilities.

The WGCJRD is a government sub-division. The board has levying power. Currently, the WGCJRD receives tax revenues for operation and maintenance of the Commons Facilities.

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