Musicians perform in Medina’s Uptown Park gazebo during Medina County Arts Council’s Art Week Festival in 2017.
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MEDINA — The city was recognized as one of the five great places in the state to live, work and visit by Ohio Magazine — the second time it’s been honored in the last eight years.
Other cities honored were Cambridge, Findlay, New Albany and Troy. This is the 13th year Ohio Magazine named the state’s best hometowns.
To determine the honorees, Ohio Magazine solicited nominations and conducted site visits across the state. The editors evaluated the nominees in six categories — community spirit, education, entertainment, health and safety, business environment, and culture and heritage.
Each of Ohio Magazine’s Best Hometowns will be featured in the issues that will be released November, January and July, showing readers unique places to visit and ways to enjoy each location. The first issue will be on newsstands by Nov. 3.
“I’m very thankful the city was awarded again,” Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said, noting the city also won the award in 2010.
Hanwell said Ohio Magazine editor Jim Vickers visited Medina with three or four staff members earlier in the year.
The mayor suggested they walk around Public Square rather than sitting in his office talking about the virtues of the city.
“I said, ‘Let me show you some of the things we are doing,’ ” Hanwell said.
He said he showed Vickers and his staff some of the highlights of the city — the gazebo, the new 17 Public Square restaurant and the vault room at P.J. Marley’s Restaurant and Pub. The building at 119 Public Square formerly housed a bank.
“I showed him some special things that Medina has that some of the other communities might not,” Hanwell said.
He said he explained the collaboration the city has with Medina Schools, Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Medina.
“Everyone working together to make us stronger,” Hanwell said. “We all benefit as a result of that collaboration.”
Hanwell said he feels blessed every day when he wakes up.
“More and more good things keep happening (in Medina),” he said.