Places to See
Historic Downtown District
Historic downtown Wadsworth is a vibrant, active part of the City. Stores provide real shopping options for residents including furniture, appliances, hardware, jewelry, a pharmacy and gift shops. The downtown area is home to several restaurants, banks and two coffee shops. Ann's Pastry, a locally owned bakery, is a favorite of parents who forgot to bake cookies for a school event that day!
This quaint area is a pleasant place to stroll and shop and is the site of several outdoor events and parades. Stores are charmingly decorated each holiday season in time for the annual Candle Light Walk. Special sales, an annual herb and craft festival, and an annual sidewalk sale all provide additional reasons for shopping downtown. In fact, the Downtown Wadsworth organization holds a different family event, each month of the year.
East Park, at the center of downtown, hosts a large gazebo where free concerts are held. The park's benches are a great spot for those who work downtown to enjoy some quiet time. Gardens in the downtown area are maintained by the local garden clubs and Downtown Wadsworth, and the gazebo is available for special events.
The neighborhoods around downtown are filled with established homes, some more than a century old. Highland Avenue, just two blocks in from Main Street, has a street section still paved in the original brick and is lined with picturesque historic homes, manicured gardens and mature trees. Residents of these downtown neighborhoods enjoy walking to all that the historic downtown district has to offer, including City Hall , the License and Title Bureaus, and the Wadsworth Public Library.
Wadsworth Public Library
The recently expanded and renovated Wadsworth Public Library anchors the downtown district. The signature three-story tower, rising at the corner of Broad and Lyman Streets, creates a welcoming entrance to the business center of Wadsworth; and, the building facade mimics a series of attached storefronts, further echoing the streetscape of downtown. The Library houses a collection of 190,000 items, with borrowing capabilities that expand that collection to 11 million items. In addition, the Library offers free access to the Internet; public meeting rooms; programming for all ages; special facilities and collections for teens and children; and a drive-up service window and book return. The Wadsworth Library is an independent library serving Wadsworth and neighboring communities.
Wadsworth has a beautiful and extensive park system , including 14 neighborhood parks and our crown jewel, Memorial Park. Memorial Park includes a fishing pond, paved walkways, and shelters that can be reserved for special events. A softball field, two tennis courts and a sand volleyball court are located near the Kaleidoscope community playground, a 14,000 square foot wooden play area built by the community in 1995. Memorial Park is also the site of the annual Blue Tip Match Festival, a Wadsworth tradition that begins with a parade that often exceeds 100 units and draws thousands of visitors.
Northeast Ohio weather allows for winter fun, too. Residents can sled on Friedt Park's hill or just enjoy a good snowball fight at any of the parks.
Easy to spot with its large cone shaped sign, Bidinger's ice cream is a favorite gathering spot for ball teams and families alike.
Blue Sky Drive-In
Wadsworth has one of the few remaining drive-in theatres in Ohio. The Blue Sky is located on the east side of town and shows first run movies all summer long. Many folks bring lawnchairs and sit outside their cars and socialize before the show, with a playground to keep the kids busy while waiting for dark. The classic snack bar provides refreshment before and during the show.
Great Oaks Area
At the north end of town, just across Interstate 76 is the "Great Oaks area" or "North End" provides excellent shopping, restaurants and other business venues. Two large stores, Buehlers and Wal-Mart provide great comparative grocery shopping options. The Great Oaks Cinema shows first run movies on two large screens, with admission and snack prices well below the "chain" theatres. Home Depot, two 'dollar' stores, Goodwill, and a number of national chain stores balance the local establishments there.
WRH Health System
Wadsworth is fortunate to have an excellent facility like WRH Health System , a 113-bed acute-care hospital, located on the west side of town. It has served the health care needs of Medina, Summit, and Wayne county residents since 1921, and has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval.
With more than 500 employees, Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital is one of the area's largest employers. Its medical staff is made up of more than 175 specialists, representing more than thirty medical specialties: from primary care, such as family practice and internal medicine, to other specialties ranging from allergy and asthma to urology. Ninety-one percent of the active medical staff are board-certified.
Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital is actively involved with the community, providing a variety of services to encourage health and wellness. Such programs include free health screenings, a speakers' bureau, and training programs to teach health-related subjects such as CPR. The hospital provides three support groups: a Caregivers (of older adults) Support Group, the Diabetic Support Group, and the Cardiopulmonary Support Group. The Vintage Years Club is a free service organization for members age 55 and over.