Painesville is the fourth largest of Lake County's twenty-three municipalities. Steeped in early American history and home to many important industries over the decades, it is a walk in the parks that highlights today's blog entry. While Lake Metroparks undoubtedly holds the most hiking experiences in the county, Painesville's twelve parks offer a blend of experiences not to be overlooked. Three of the parks offer opportunities for all seasons while another four make the tag 'Fish Painesville' a 365 day possibility.
Kiwanis Recreation Park - 301 Latimore Street
At seventy-five acres it is Painesville's largest park. Shelters, a fishing pond, river access and walking paths welcome public visitors seven days a week. Ball diamonds and a stadium field complex provide athletic team access for city school teams, Lake Erie College and locally sponsored recreation programs.
Veteran's Park - 1 Liberty Street
Painesville's best known and most visible park is located in the heart of downtown. Built in 1800 in the style of New England town squares, numerous park benches and a multi-use gazebo anchor the park landscape. Unique programming at the park throughout the year bring food festivals, car rallies, concert series and more to a diverse downtown community.
Charter Oak Park - 367 Mentor Avenue
Located across from Lake Erie College, the park was renovated and rededicated in 2003. It is the site of the 'Charter Oak' an oak tree transplanted from Connecticut. The park also is the final resting spot of General Edward Paine- the city founder
Kiwanis Park is one site available to anglers. Three other access sites in Painesville proper include Windjammer Ct. and Richmond Road, Beaty Landing and Grand River Landing, the last two cared for by Lake Metroparks.
Marine Park, Ella Shaw Park, named for a former councilwomen, Rotary Park, Trailwood Park, Homeworth Park, Morse Avenue, State Street Park, Huntington Park and Lathrop Park, a Lubrizol Corporation adopted site comprise the other park holdings for the City of Painesville.