Things just became easier for the people of the small town to use their Great Lake. And residents of Vermilion have their Parks & Recreation board, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers to thank for the changes to the park in Lorain County.
Showse Park, named from an acronym of six Native American tribes from the area including Sandusky, Huron, Ottawa, Wyandot, Seneca and Erie, is just east of the Erie County line.
Terry Kitchen was playing catch with his black German Shepherd, Jazz, on the beach of the park Tuesday afternoon as a crew from Haynes Construction finished work on a gently graded walkway to the water. Earlier work in late 2012 and early 2013 by Justin Miller Excavating brought tons of giant sandstone blocks from the Cleveland Quarry to prevent erosion to the shoreline.
See more photos of the work being done HERE.
Bill Warden, a member of the Vermilion Parks & Recreation board and nearby resident of the park is very proud of the progress made and the results. The large cliffs originally in the park made it difficult to access the beach and dangerous should someone get too close to the edge. “This is a tremendous improvement,” said Warden. “It is a great asset for this whole part of town.” Warden said the project was funded through grants and just over $200,000 from money allocated to the parks fund each year.
Warden’s wife Marie took advantage of the access by walking to the end of the 50 ft pier from the beach, a popular fishing spot. She decided to go to the end of the pier for the first time just because she could. And more residents and visitors to Vermilion will be able to enjoy the park for years to come.