The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

City parks offer a variety of opportunit­ies

Improvemen­ts on tap at ALPS; safety fair back on in Avon

- Heather Chapin

Residents in Avon Lake can look forward to getting a new children’s playground at its most popular park in the near future.

Bleser Park, located at 32800 Electric Blvd. next to

City Hall, is one of the most popular parks in Avon Lake.

The park includes more than 20 acres filled with a variety of recreation­al opportunit­ies for people of all ages.

One of the main focal points of Bleser Park is its expansive playground that will be replaced soon, according to Avon Lake Recreation Director Tim Pinchek.

The playground, called the Avon Lake Play Space, or ALPS, currently spans 12,000 square feet and was constructe­d 25 to 30 years ago, Pinchek said.

The Recreation Department

is in the beginning stages of planning to replace the playset which is expected to cost $750,000, he said.

Funding will be provided by grants, sponsorshi­ps and donations, Pinchek said.

As far as a completion schedule, the first stage of building the younger children’s section is tentativel­y scheduled to open Memorial Day 2022, and the second phase for the older children is tentativel­y slated for completion Memorial Day 2023, he said.

“We’re pretty excited about that...That’s really going to be popular,” Pinchek said.

Additional­ly, Bleser Park includes picnic pavilions, baseball diamonds, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, and the Ellen Trivanovic­h Aquatic Center and concession stand, among

other amenities.

Avon Lake also is home to Miller Road Park, located on the west end of Avon Lake at 33760 Lake Road.

Miller Road Park has about 15 acres and includes a popular fishing pier.

Up until May 2018, residents enjoyed spending time on the beaches of Lake Erie at the park while in Avon Lake, but due to rising water levels, the beaches have since “vanished,” Pinchek said.

“We just have to let nature take its course and see what happens,” Pinchek said.

“Some of the factors affecting Great Lake levels are precipitat­ion, evaporatio­n, wind, crustal rebound, dredging, diversions, flood control, and power generation,” according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website.

“About 5,000 years ago, the lake stood about 46 feet lower, which would have put the Ohio shoreline two to three miles farther out than it is today,” the website stated.

Regardless, the park has a lot more to offer such as biking and walking trails, picnic tables and grills “making the destinatio­n a popular spot for family gatherings,” the city’s website stated.

“A long fishing pier is open year-round and is a popular place for fishing, walking and watching boaters,” according to the city’s website. “Miller Road Park is heavily utilized by Lake Erie boaters.

“A well-maintained boat launch is in use spring, summer and fall. There is ample parking for visitors and designated parking spaces for vehicles and trailers.”


In neighborin­g Avon, the recreation­al opportunit­ies also are abundant, according to Clare Harasimchu­k,

recreation coordinato­r.

In addition to its numerous parks, Avon hosts a number of events throughout the summer and holiday seasons for residents.

Currently, the recreation department is gearing up again for its city of Avon Health and Safety Fair on Sept. 25, Harasimchu­k said.

The event will take place at 36265 Detroit Road near Every Child’s Playground, just east of the aquatic center, she said.

Due to the novel coronaviru­s pandemic last year, the city wasn’t able to hold the event, Harasimchu­k said.

The fair will showcase its local safety forces as well as health and wellness exhibits and vendors.

The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals will be on hand in conjunctio­n with the event, Harasimchu­k said.

Families will be able to come out and meet the city’s safety service personnel as well as enjoy various activities and vendors, she said.

Avon also is home to the Avon Isle, the “historic building constructe­d between 1925 and 1926 by F.J. Roth and was initially called the Dance Pavilion and provided a home for many community activities,” according to the city’s website.

In 1997, the city purchased the Avon Isle along with four acres of surroundin­g land.

After the building was placed on the National Register for Historic Places in July 2010, the restoratio­n of the old dance hall began, the website stated.

“Today, the Avon Isle has become a popular spot for weddings, receptions, graduation parties, showers, etc.,” according to the website.

 ?? SUBMITTED ?? Recreation­al activities abound in Avon.
SUBMITTED Recreation­al activities abound in Avon.
 ?? HEATHER CHAPIN - FOR THE MORNING JOURNAL ?? The playground at Avon Lake’s ALPS will be getting an upgrade soon.
HEATHER CHAPIN - FOR THE MORNING JOURNAL The playground at Avon Lake’s ALPS will be getting an upgrade soon.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United States