Early in the morning and in the evening you are likely to see the bald eagles flying over head or perched on the top of a tree overlooking the water while they wait to catch their next meal. You might hear a hawk screeching in the distance along with the waves lapping at the Lake Erie shoreline below. Most times you will hear the laughter and squeals of children playing on the new playground that was installed in August and September of 2014 thanks to the Erie County Greenways Program Grant received by the Township. Dogs and their owners get their exercise daily walking throughout park while enjoying the view. Any clear evening you will find at least a dozen or more people watching the sunset from the unobstructed bluffs of the park. A place for the community to enjoy – that’s what Lake Erie Community Park is.
The Township has owned the 125 acre park since 1947 and has now taken full control of the park and its day-to-day operations. Over the years this beautiful lake front property, with almost a mile of lake shore, had become more of a campground than a public park.
After Girard Township gained control of the park through a jury trial in February 2013, the cleanup began. The campers are gone, there are no decks or sheds or strings of Christmas lights between the trees. The restrooms are clean and OPEN, all new electric, water and gas lines have been run and improvements continue to be made monthly for the residents and visitors to enjoy.
There are pavilions that can be rented for parties, wedding, graduations and the like. Charcoal grills are installed at various places through out the park for your use as well as picnic tables. Click the buttons to the right to download the pavilion rental rules and application.
The Township has formed a steering committee comprised of local residents and concerned citizens to help guide the progress of the park. There are grants being applied for to help defray costs of projects at the park such as the trail to the lake, upgrades to the trail along Kelly's Run and renovations to the bathhouses. Horseshoe pits are now available (bring your own shoes). Expansion of the playground and the addition of sand volleyball courts in the works. Everything takes time and money. We hope that given both, Lake Erie Community Park will be a place for people to enjoy for years to come.
LAKE ERIE COMMUNITY PARK
Lake Erie Community Park
Pavilion Rental Calendar
Events currently booked show in the calendar. Click on the event in the calendar for full details. Bookings are for the pavilion only. The park itself is open to the public.
Please note: You are responsible for moving and arranging your tables the way you want them for your event.
LECP Steering Committee Meetings are held as needed. The Steering Committee was formed to help give guidance and direction with the projects at the park. These meetings are public and are held at 6:30pm at the Girard Township Municipal Building, 10140 Ridge Road, Girard, PA 16417.
IN THE EVENT YOU HAVE MECHANICAL DIFFICULTIES WHILE RENTING A PAVILION, PLEASE CALL
BILL @ 814-881-1880