Vermilion Parks & Rec

Devon Drive (City's Service Complex)

General Info

The main purpose of our department is to provide you, the community, with recreation and leisure opportunities. Recreation and leisure are vital parts in leading a healthy lifestyle.

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City Parks & Beaches

Exchange Park

A refreshing place to relax in downtown Vermilion. The beautifully landscaped Exchange Park is located at the northeast corner of Liberty Avenue and Main Street in the shape of a triangle. It was here that the village founding fathers erected a small clapboard warehouse. One room was leased to area farmers and was used for selling or exchanging products. Exchange park is home to a public comfort station housed in an historic building that once served as Vermilion's Police Department.

East Exchange Park

A path at East Exchange Park wanders down to the river below, where the fish shanties once stood. Visitors will find seasonal plantings, trees, sitting areas and swings for children. A fantastic view of the Vermilion River awaits you.

Victory Park

Locals and visitors alike enjoy many a concert and festive events at Vermilion's "town square."  Weddings are always popular at the grand gazebo. Victory Park is located at the northeast corner of Main Street and Ohio Street. The park is a popular place for people to relax and meet with friends and neighbors. Across the street sits the historic Old Town Hall and Vermilion's famous Auction House. An historic Firelands marker details the history of the area. This park continues to be the most widely used in the area, hosting the concessions for the annual Fish Festival, Woollybear Festival.

Village Green

The Village Green offers beautiful green space across the street from Victory park in front of the historic Old Town Hall (Harbourtown Fine Arts Center) and Vermilion's famous Auction House. 

Main Street Beach

Main Street Beach is a public swimming beach in downtown Vermilion, Ohio on the north end of Main Street. Main Street Beach features an observation deck, a kayak/canoe launch, benches, an ADA mobility mat, a comfort station and a concession stand.

Vermilion’s Main Street Beach welcomes hundreds of daily visitors from near and far during summer months, inviting all to bask in the sunshine, play in the sand, jump in the water, paddle the lake, and more. The city’s beach is a public attraction that few other Ohio towns can boast. With only 17 percent of Ohio’s lakefront property along Lake Erie open for public access, Main Street Beach is a precious natural resource treasured by residents and visitors alike.

Vermilion's Main Street Beach is a popular destination for wading in the water, swimming, bird watching, building sand castles, beach glass hunting and viewing remarkable sunsets. Here you can also launch a kayak or canoe. Main Street Beach is ADA accessible and features a mobility mat and a sand wheelchair.

The Vermilion Lighthouse, a replica of the original lighthouse that was later moved to Lake Ontario, shines on Main Street in Vermilion. Shore Thing, at Vermilion's Main Street Beach, offers concessions, beach glass jewelry and visitor information.

Friendship Park

Friendship Park offers performance venues and maritime history in this beautiful pocket park in downtown Vermilion. The park is located on the northwest corner of Liberty Avenue and Grand Street beside Ritter Public Library and offers tables and chairs to use for take-out dining from numerous nearby restaurants.

Sherod Park

Located approximately ¼ of a mile to the west of the city, on Lake Erie, this park was donated by the Bessie Sherod Family - a founding family of Vermilion.  Featuring green space, trees, natural areas and beaches, Sherod overlooks the breathtaking Lake Erie. This park boasts 2 ball diamonds, 2 picnic shelters, 2 playgrounds, a soccer field and a walking track. Plans have been created to develop this park into a "passive" park.

Hanover Square Park

Nestled in Harbour Town, this park is located at the corner of Ferry and Grand Streets. The park includes a swing set and benches. Located adjacent to the Ritter Public Library, this park attracts many visitors with a book in their hands.

West Breeze Park

Located off of Rt. 60, this pocket park provides a pavilion and playground, along with a rentable pavilion and a large grassy area to play.

Showse Park & Beach

Located in Vermilion on the Lake, this park contains a beach, two ball diamonds, a basketball court, tennis courts, a soccer field, a pavilion and a playground. Located along the shore of Lake Erie, Showse Park gives people the opportunity to stop for a rest or to enjoy the boats and scenes of the waterfront.

Vermilion Skate & Bike Park

Located on the corner of Douglas Street and Devon Drive. This facility features features many different ramps and jumps and can be used with skateboards, bmx, scooters, and inline skates. Helmets should be worn for safety.

Rotary Centennial Park

This beautiful Vermilion park overlooks the Vermilion River under the historic water tower on West River Road in Harbour Town.  This award winning park features flowering trees, plantings, benches, picnic tables and breathtaking views of the river.  The site also features an historical marker plaque highlighting Vermilion's railroad history.

Community Swimming Pool

The Community Swimming Pool at 4846 Pineview Drive is typically open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, daily, weather permitting. Memberships are available.

Nokomis Park

Nokomis Park offers Lake Erie beach access at the end of Minnie Wa Wa Street off Liberty Avenue. Stairs lead down to the beach featuring fantastic views.

McGarvey's Landing

McGarvey's Landing features breathtaking views from the Vermilion River boardwalk in historic Harbour Town. Trees, beautiful planters, benches, picnic tables and more provide a wonderful park-like setting to watch boats sail along the river. Public boat docks are available along McGarvey's landing by the Vermilion Port Authority. Many festivities take place at the boardwalk including lighted boat parades and watercraft races.