A lovely green oasis in the middle of the Village of Put-in-Bay, DeRivera Park provides visitors and islanders a respite from the bustling downtown. Picnic tables, playgrounds, and public facilities are all offered in the park.
DeRivera Park Details
The downtown of Put-in-Bay lines the banks of DeRivera Park making it easily accessible no matter where you are coming from. The Jet Express terminal is also mere seconds from here, making it a pleasant first stop after your journey across the lake.
The park itself contains large, leafy trees trees which offer shady spots to throw down a picnic blanket and enjoy a sunny afternoon. Grab one of the picnic tables and host a BBQ with your friends and family. There are two BBQ pits perfect for cookouts.
Folks gather here throughout the summer to grill up perch and walleye caught fresh in lake Erie and enjoy each other’s company. There is also a much larger grill located close to Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument.
A stunning fountain sits in the center of the park. Made from cement and local stone, it was originally built by three local businessmen. While it once was home to some goldfish, the fountain now functions as a wishing well with all coins donated to Put-in-Bay’s local EMS force. Make a wish and contribute to this vital island institution.
Rent the gazebo in the park for special events such as weddings, family reunions, and private parties. Contact the office to arrange the details and to pay the small fee of $50.
Public restrooms, showers, and lockers are also onsite. For those straight off the boat and docking at DeRivera Park B Dock, these facilities are ideally located.
The playground includes swing sets as well as dolphins and seals figurines for kids to play on. The swings fit really little kids. Older kids love playing on the full playground with slides, fireman’s pole, and walkways to monkey around on.
Named in honor for Jose DeRivera, the park is surrounded by many favorite local downtown businesses. DeRivera was instrumental in founding the Village of Put-in-Bay. Kimberly’s Carousel is right across the street along with the Put-in-Bay Candy Bar. Grab a drink and live music at the Boathouse Bar and Grill across the street after a day spent in the sun. Or simply head over to the banks of the lake and soak in the views. Appreciate all the beauty and wonder of this special part of the world and enjoy your summer on the bay.