GREEN  For a long time people have been wondering about the construction work that has been going on at the corner of Massillon and Greensburg roads. As construction gets closer to being completed, the community will soon have a new recreation facility that promises to be a real asset to Green.

After more than three years in the making, The Green Family FunZone is planning to have its grand opening in the Spring of 2017, according to co-owner Scott Plummer. 

The new amusement complex is being built on the site of the old "Theatre Dance Studio" near the corner of Massillon and Greensburg roads. It will be composed of an 861-foot go-cart track, bumpers cars, and a championship miniature golf course. In addition, there will be an arcade and concession area serving Hershey's premium ice cream and other products. There will also be a party room and a pavilion to rent out for parties.

The complex was the idea of Scott Plummer, better known as "Mr. Rodgers" from the old "Theatre 8:15" and Mark McElwain, both of Green. The two men wanted to have such a complex in "our own back yard" to provide a fun place for residents and their children who would otherwise have to drive to surrounding locations.

"People wanted a larger experience," said McElwain. "So, we worked on the details and came up with this layout. We hope that people will like what we have worked into the design. We struggled with a catchy name, and settled on what we are: Located in the City of Green, and a place for Families to go have Fun."

"We also wanted to do our very best to have Green people do as much of the work as possible," said Plummer. "We did have to go outside the area to find a firm that specialized in this type of family entertainment complex construction. We did extensive research to find the right contractor, and settled on Amusement Products and Construction, located in Chattanooga, Tenn. We went to a seminar there over two years ago, and knew they were the right vendor with their products, specifically their electric go-karts and their customized track layout and golf course designs."

Local firms being used includ Estes Hauling for debris removal, Stark Construction for masonry work, Wellington Construction for excavation, Ace Brothers Plumbing, and Scheeser, Buckley, Mayfield for engineering.

"We wanted to make sure as much of the work went to Green people as possible," Plummer said.

The overall cost of the complex will be around $1.6 million and will cover approximately four acres. It is anticipated that the facility will need ten people to run it. The project began three years ago with acquisition of the property, followed by the layout design. Actual construction broke ground in February.

The go-carts will electric powered and can have their speed increased for short distances. The miniature golf course will be one of the most difficult around - yet kid-friendly - and should prove a worthy challenge.

The company's web site is under construction, but eventually people will be able to find more information at www.gotothezone.com. There is also some information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreenFamilyFunZone.