Why we love Stark | Plain Township

Plain is far from a fitting description of the current Plain Township. The largest township in Stark County based on population, Plain Township has a bustling and diverse population that combines the conveniences of urban life with all of the benefits of a township.

Plain is far from a fitting description of the current Plain Township. The largest township in Stark County based on population, Plain Township has a bustling and diverse population that combines the conveniences of urban life with all of the benefits of a township.

Plain was one of five townships created in 1809 when Stark County organized. Two theories compete for why the township was called Plain. Some say the township was an open tract of land, or plain. Others claim that the first settlers named it after their hometown back east. Most of the territory at that time was uninhabited wilderness with few settlers.

According to the Plain Township website, the majority of early settlers in Plain Township were farmers and most land was claimed by 1815. Early businesses included gristmills, sawmills, stores, distilleries and a tannery.

By 1940, the township’s unincorporated area still had a population of just 6,000. Today, Plain’s population is about 36,000 in the unincorporated area and more than 50,000 residents total.

The park system in Plain recently was recognized as one of the top 10 places to relax in Stark County by the Canton Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau.

The township plans to unveil the first phase of its new Schneider Community Park this month. The new park includes a large picnic shelter, an 800-square-foot playground and an almost 3-acre dog park. When complete, it also will include a trail that will connect with countywide bike and hike trails.

“WHY I LOVE PLAIN TOWNSHIP”

BY NICK CAMPANELLI, PLAIN TOWNSHIP PLANNING, ZONING & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR AND PRESIDENT OF PLAIN LOCAL BOARD OF EDUCATION
As a lifelong resident of Plain Township, I love that our community values its history, hard work and education.

We look fabulous for 202 years old — always doing more with less. Our township government is committed to a plan to ensure that Plain stays a well-preserved rural suburban community with natural settings to provide a respite for families to relax and play.

Even though Plain is one of the most populated townships in Stark County, our uniqueness is in our strong neighborhoods.

They are filled with supportive residents who take pride in their properties, help each other and invest back into our community to provide strong safety forces and excellent schools.

Plain Local Schools have a personalized education opportunity for all students — honors classes, arts immersion, competitive athletic programs and 17 career technical programs. This is the perfect community to raise a family and help them grow.

That is why we say we are Plain Proud!

POPULATION 50,997
MEDIAN VALUE, OWNER-OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS $137,354
MEDIAN AGE 43.5
MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME $50,538
AVERAGE TRAVEL TIME TO WORK: 23 MINUTES
NUMBER OF COLLEGE GRADUATES (ASSOCIATE DEGREE OR HIGHER) 12,901

INSIDER SCOOP ON PLAIN TOWNSHIP

RUMOR HAS IT: There’s always a new rumor about what will become of the Oakwood Square Plaza at the corner of Easton and Middlebranch NE, long a sore spot for Plain residents. The latest rumor was that the plaza had been purchased, but nothing has come to fruition just yet.

BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW: The center of the township once was marked by a towering elm tree in the middle of the intersection of 55th Street and Market Avenue N. The road originally was paved in brick around the tree.

PARTY OF THE YEAR: Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Diamond Community Park.

FAMOUS SONS/DAUGHTERS: Brian Hartline (NFL wide receiver); Christina Romer, (White House Council of Economic Advisors); Joshua Jay (magician); Derek and Dustin Fox (former NFL players); Dan Dierdorf (NFL Hall of Famer and sports analyst); Kosta Koufos (NBA player); Brian Warner aka Marilyn Manson (musician).

PLAIN TOWNSHIP FAVORITES

PILEGGI’S ITALIAN CAFE 2664 Easton St. NE 330-492-4770
A warm greeting from Ferna Pileggi makes you feel you have just stepped into the home of a dear friend for dinner. And the amazing, authentic Italian cuisine will keep you coming back for more.

SAMANTHA’S RESTAURANT 6326 Market Ave. N 330-497-2363
Homestyle breakfast all day long at this local favorite. A friendly place to savor your coffee as you read the newspaper.

ALMOST HEAVEN ICE CREAM 6590 Middlebranch Ave. NE 330-587-1094
The name says it all. Almost Heaven opened in 2008 and word has spread quickly about its quality. Try the butter pecan — it’s the top seller!

DIAMOND COMMUNITY PARK AND SPORTS COMPLEX 2782 Diamond St. NE 330-704-2473
This community park includes an indoor sports complex and community room, outdoor soccer fields, bocce ball court, jogging path and picnic pavilion. It’s one of three parks in Plain, and it has become a popular community gathering spot.

LENO’S FAMILY RESTAURANT 2494 Easton St. NE 330-492-2177
Everyone knows your name when you stop by Leno’s. The family-friendly diner opened in 1967 and continues to have discounted daily specials — and lots of regular customers.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass