Painesville Township Park
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About Painesville Township Park
Located on Lake Erie’s shore, this 37-acre park was established in the early 1920s as a popular recreational area offering baseball fields, a dance hall, picnic areas, an open-air pavilion and a beach.
Through the years, Lake Erie has claimed the beach arid pavilion by erosion, but five softball fields and the dance hall remain as featured attractions. Lake Metroparks entered a cooperative lease agreement in 1991 with the Painesville Township Park commissioners to operate and manage the park. Since that time, more than $1 million worth of improvements have been made to the park, including extensive renovation of the dance hall and ball fields.
From Painesville Township Park webpage
The 37-acre Painesville Township Park is on the west side of Hardy Road a half-mile north of its intersection with OH-535 (Fairport Nursery Road).
The park was established in the early 1920s as a popular recreational area offering baseball fields, a dance hall, picnic areas, an open-air pavilion and a beach. Over time, shore erosion has claimed the beach and original pavilion.
As of 2013, Painesville Township Park includes five regulation softball fields and a handicap-accessible, rentable hall with a 5,000 square-foot wooden dance floor.
The park’s 1,637-foot long shore is partially shaded with deciduous trees. Benches overlooking Lake Erie are spaced behind a wooden split-rail fence that runs the length of the park separating the upper park from a re-graded bluff. The lower bluff is closed to public access due to structural failure of a 10-foot tall bulkhead. Lake Metroparks has managed the township-owned property since 1991. The metroparks and township are exploring options of how to correct on-site erosion problems and return public access to the lake.
Additional amenities at Painesville Township Park include picnic tables, playground equipment, concessions, and restrooms. Swimming is prohibited. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Parking is available in lots along the park’s access road, John Bailey Drive, which loops the perimeter of the park.
Restrooms on site.