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DeRivera Park

DeRivera Park


DeRivera Park, located in downtown Put-in-Bay along the waterfront, is a stunning green park setting. This well-manicured park provides islanders and guests a spot to picnic, play, and relax the summer away.

DeRivera Park Particulars

The park is adorned with enormous, lush trees delivering plenty of shady places to toss down a picnic blanket. There are also many picnic tables and several BBQ pits for daytime cookouts. Individuals love to assemble here, grill up a few hamburgers and hot dogs, throw a football, and enjoy each other’s company. A more extensive grill is found closer to the commemorative memorial.

Public bathrooms and storage lockers are also onsite in a large bathhouse. The bathrooms include showers for those coming right off the boat. A pretty pavilion is available for public use. You can lease the 19′ diameter pavilion for private parties and marriages for only $50. Simply contact the office to organize the particulars.

A beautiful fountain lies in the park’s center constructed from cement and local rock. Three local businessmen originally built it. It also lights up at night, including happy little goldfish swimming about. Cash thrown into the fountain is all contributed to the local EMS. Make a wish and support this critical island organization.

The playground contains a swing set and dolphins and seal figurines for kids to recreate. The swings are perfect for tiny kids. Older kids enjoy playing on the full playground with slides, fireman’s poles, and walkways to play around on.

DeRivera Park Location

Designated in honor of Jose DeRivera, the park is directly on the banks of Lake Erie. It welcomes tourists arriving on the island on the Jet Express Ferry and the surrounding docks, including DeRivera Park B Dock. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial can be viewed in the distance.

Many popular local downtown shops and attractions are all steps away. Kimberly’s Carousel and the Put-in-Bay Candy Bar are right across the street. Enjoy a drink and live entertainment at the Boathouse Bar and Grill after a day touring the island.


DeRivera Park History

In 1854 Jose DeRivera, a Spanish merchandiser, purchased South Bass, Middle Bass, Ballast, Sugar, Gibraltar, and Starve Islands for $44,000. He was also vital in assisting in growing the island, first by constructing a stave mill and a sawmill in 1854. He then began to split the area into 10-acre lots with the help of an architect.

DeRivera traded off parcels of Middle And South Bass Islands. His benevolence is no more evident than when he sold the South Bass Board of Education a quarter of an acre to construct Put-In-Bay’s first school for $1. He also traded St. Paul’s Church their land for only $10.

After the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, three American and three British soldiers were buried on the location of the future DeRivera Park under a willow tree. Once Perry’s Monument was constructed in the early twentieth century, the bodies were transferred there as a symbolic gesture of multinational harmony.

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Jerry S.

For more than a decade now, we have journeyed to Put in Bay every summer for a family vacation and have consistently had a fantastic time. There is an abundance of things to do at Put-in-Bay both day and night—several amazing eateries and drinking locations to select from. If you plan on going on a weekend or holiday, plan ahead and make reservations, particularly if you want to rent a golf cart or stay overnight. DeRivera Park is one of our favorite stops.

Chase B.

Beautiful DeRivera Park is discovered on the northwest side of the island. It delivers a great sitting place along with an immaculate shower house/restrooms. The derivera park put in bay also has neighborhood grills if you want to grill out for a picnic. A favored resting spot of ours while we travel the island.

Harold F.

A very comfortable spot, and I enjoyed the downtown view of Put-in-Bay Island. On one of its sides, the lake is visible, on the other sides lots of shops and excellent eateries. Park has alot of swings, statutes, paved sidewalk trails, beautiful flowers, and park benches. The kids' Play area and bathrooms were immaculate. Altogether it was well preserved.

Frankie F.

DeRivera Park is a significant and pleasant park for kids to recreate and others to hang about. There are lots of picnic tables. Weekends are active, but you'll get a place if you look. One of the many put-in-bay things to do, derivera park put in bay is one of our favorites.

Greta K.

Family-friendly playground with restrooms and showers. DeRivera Park is centrally found downtown with Lake Erie views. When people talk about how much is put-in-bay this is one thing that's free!

Timothy G.

DeRivera Park is a significant and pleasant park for kids to recreate and others to hang about. There are lots of picnic tables. Weekends are active, but you'll get a place if you look

Victor F.

Family-friendly playground with restrooms and showers. derivera park put in bay is centrally found downtown with Lake Erie views.

Paula R.

Put-in-Bay is beautiful! Full of stores and cafes. Very tourist oriented. You need to have a golf cart if you don’t like to walk a lot, or you can rent a bike or other means of transportation—DeRivera Park is a beautiful spot for an entire family with lots of things to do. You go there by ferry. I would recommend not taking your car. Renting a golf cart makes your life easier and cheaper.