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Experience the new 200 ft. public pier at Painesville Township Park

Photo by Andrew Cross

The new pier at Painesville Township Park is now open.  An ADA-accessible walkway and stairs lead down to the pier, which extends 200 feet into the water and provides public access to the region's greatest natural resource: Lake Erie.  The pier is a great place to marvel at stunning views of the lake and the setting sun as well as to witness bald eagles fly over the shoreline in search of a meal.  The pier also provides excellent fishing access for a wide variety of fish including smallmouth bass, perch, walleye and steelhead trout.

“We built this not for ourselves, not for the parks, but for the citizens of Lake County and for this area,” said Paul Palagyi, Lake Metroparks executive director. 

In 1991 Lake Metroparks entered into a cooperative agreement with the Painesville Township Park Board to improve and manage the property and since that date over 2.5 million visitors have enjoyed the park.  Unfortunately, erosion was taking its toll on the shoreline and forced the park district to close the trail to the beach several years ago.  In partnership with the Painesville Township Park Board, a plan was developed to stabilize the eroding hillside and build a new public pier.  Over the past three years, a new stone revetment wall was designed and constructed to protect the park property from further damage.

Painesville Township Park Information
Painesville Township Park has had a long history of hosting generations of Lake County residents.  The property was purchased by Samuel H. Huntington in 1807 and the following year Huntington was elected governor of Ohio.  His estate sold the property to the Painesville Township Board of Park Commissioners in 1911 and this property has been a public park for over one hundred years.  The park was a very popular destination and included baseball fields and a dance hall at which the first dance was hosted in the summer of 1926.