ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — The decades-old playground equipment at Lake Shore Park will soon be replaced with $40,000 in new slides and swings.

The Ashtabula Township Park Commission will be installing two larger pieces and a two smaller pieces of equipment, said Peggy Davis, administrative manager and fiscal officer. 

“The playground is a popular site for families and over the years the park has lost numerous pieces of the popular playground,” she said. “The Park Commission is hoping to complete this project by late fall.”

Lake Shore Park’s playground, located on the shores of Lake Erie just east of the northern end of Route 11, was installed more than 20 years ago. Typically, equipment should be replaced every 10 to 15 years, according to the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association recommendations and in this case, the equipment is so old that repair parts are no longer available.

Lake Shore Park offers many amenities, including a fenced-in playground, a concession stand, horseshoe pits, bocce courts, volleyball courts, five pavilions and a large beach with lifeguards in the summer.

A waterfowl pond offers visitors a view of swans and ducks. A pair of peacocks are penned next to the pond.

A public boat launch is available for boaters and jet skiers. It has access right on the shore of Lake Erie. A bait shop also is open.

Come summer 2022, park officials will start a project on the park’s upper pond. The project will include dredging, constructing a retaining wall and building a walkway across the pond.

Lake Shore Park received $135,000 from the Civic Development Corporation of Ashtabula County this year for the upgrades and officials have five years to complete the project.

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