2023 will be a year of improvement for Conneaut Township Park. Projects slated for this year bring not only a new look and pleasing aesthetics to the park, but improved access and functionality for our visitors. A huge 'thank you' to all of those who have supported Conneaut Township Park's project and improvement endeavors.
December 2022 marked the end of a decades old park relic that was commonly referred to as the concession stand/bathhouse. Late spring will bring about the completion of a new concession stand and functionally updated bathrooms for park visitors. At a cost of nearly $1,300,000 this new structure has been made possible in part by the citizens of Conneaut and the passage of a park permanent improvement levy in 2020 as well as several state and local grants dedicated to park preservation and improvement.
Built in 1930, this bridge has not only served as a vital connection between the east and west bluffs, but it has also provided the residents of Conneaut with a picturesque backdrop for the picnic and playground areas along Kelsey's Run. It is for this reason that the Park Board has championed the nostalgic restoration of this bridge rather than simply replacing it with a modern design.
Phase 3 of the Boardwalk Project is in progress with the application of a Recreation Trails Program Grant. If approved, construction will start in 2024. This phase 3 project will consist of 1,365 ft of Trex boardwalk replacing approximately three quarters of the existing boardwalk on the west end. In addition, the project includes raising the existing iron walk bridge 24” from its current height and the purchase of a rotary powered broom for cleaning.
Phase 4 and 5 will add a new Trex boardwalk from the new concession stand along the bottom of the east bluff to the Port Authority and existing north/south boardwalk and finish replacing the remaining wood boardwalk on the west beach.
By 2022, phase 1 & 2 of the Boardwalk project was completed. Phase 2 project consisted of another 1000 feet of
Trex synthetic boardwalk, thus completing the east beach portion of boardwalk at an approximate cost of $60,000.
The material cost totaled $47,000. The labor involved, including construction, removal of old boardwalk, and installation of new was
done entirely by the staff and crew of Conneaut Township Park. Conneaut Township Park was able to obtain an ODNR Natureworks grant for $35,000 to help offset the cost of this project.