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Painesville Recreation

The Historic Downtown Painesville Recreation Area is home to 284 acres of public parkland and college green space, more than double the amount of park land at nearby Headlands State Park.

Test your stamina with a 20-mile bike ride to Middlefield on the Greenway Corridor. Reel in a ten pound steelhead on the Grand River. Or throw touchdown passes on the same fields where Don Shula learned the game.

From Friday night lights to a relaxing morning massage, there's plenty to do both inside and out. Downtown Painesville is packed with parks and adventures.

Download recreation map and packet

- Biking -

Greenway Corridor Photo

Lake Metroparks Greenway Corridor

Following the pathway of the old Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, this 4.8-mile paved trail links Downtown Painesville with Geauga County. Travelers will cross two bridges and experience varied levels of terrain ranging from an elevation of 660 ft. in Painesville to 895 ft. in Concord Township. The southern end of the trail connects with The Maple Highlands Trail, a 12.4 mile pathway to Chardon and Middlefield.

- Fishing -


Steelhead Photo

"Steelhead Alley"

With public access points on the Grand River at Beaty Landing and Recreation Park, Painesville is one of the best locations for steelhead trout fishing in North America. Every year the Ohio Division of Wildlife stocks the Grand River with over 100,000 steelhead. These fish migrate out into Lake Erie each spring and return through Painesville each fall. Steelhead are notorious for their tenacious fighting capabilities. For fishing permits, tips, and other useful information, visit the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

The Fishing Pond at Recreation Park
33 Mill Street

For family-friendly fishing opportunities, visit the Fishing Pond at Kiwanis Recreation Park. Each summer the City Recreation Department hosts a fishing derby and clinic.

- Skateboarding -

Painesville Skate Park

Painesville Skatepark
33 Mill Street

Grab your board, blades or bike and head for the Painesville Skatepark. Free and open to the public, the park features three quarter pipes, a 5-foot coping to coping spine, down ledges, handrails,box jumps, a subrail, subbox and a flatland section.-

- Spa & Massage -


Bella Donna Salon & Spa
150 Main Street
(440) 352-2480

Lake County YMCA
933 Mentor Avenue
(440) 352-3303

- Painesville Parks -

Beaty Landing
417 East Walnut Street

This 54-acre wooded parcel managed by Lake Metroparks encompasses 3,300 feet of frontage on the Grand River. Named Beaty Landing, it safeguards land for the river valley’s wildlife, which includes nesting bald eagles about two miles upstream, nesting and migrating songbirds that utilize the deep, cool valley of the Grand River, and a variety of mammals, insects and invertebrates that utilize the river.

Visitors can enjoy low-impact recreational activities such as picnicking, hiking and fishing at this new park. Improvements made to enhance public use include a parking lot, restroom, and installation of a mile-long loop gravel trail with a scenic overlook and three access points to the Grand River. More infomation including a trail map is available from Lake Metroparks.

Charter Oak Park Photo

Charter Oak Park
Washingon St & Mentor Ave

Renovated and rededicated in 2003, Charter Oak Park is located across from Lake Erie College and is the site of our "Charter Oak", an oak tree transplanted here from Connecticut as a tribute to our Western Reserve roots. The park also serves as the final resting place of our city's founder, General Edward Paine.

Kiwanis Recreation Park
33 Mill Street

Nestled along the Grand River, Rec Park is the largest park in the city at 75 acres. Amenities include 9 baseball diamonds, sand volleyball, tennis courts, a fishing pond, a skatepark, basketball court, several playgrounds and a half mile riverwalk. Home football games for Lake Erie College and Harvey High School are played in the park at Britt Memorial Stadium.

Lake Erie College - Main Campus
391 West Washington

Founded in 1851, Lake Erie College boasts one of the most beautiful college campuses in Ohio. The school's sixty acres embody the romance and tradition of a liberal arts education. For information on campus buildings and walking trails, download the campus map.


Veteran's Park - Painesville Square
85 North Park Place

The granddaddy of Painesville parks, the square has served as public parkland since 1800. Surrounded by historic churches and government buildings, the Painesville Square has played an important role in the history of Northeast Ohio. Offering beautiful gardens and plenty of open green space, the park is popular site for weddings. To rent the gazebo, contact city recreation office at (440) 392-5912. The square is the site of many community events. For a list of upcoming events, visit the Downtown Painesville event page.-

- The Grand River -

Grand River

The Grand River
Public Access at Beaty Landing & Rec Park

One of the most biologically diverse rivers in the Great Lakes watershed, the Grand River winds through Downtown Painesville on its trek to Lake Erie. The beautiful shale-cliffed gorge is home to 45 mammal species, 74 fish species, and 115 bird species including bald eagles, herons and pileated woodpeckers. Several species have been successfully reintroduced including the river otter, snowshoe hare and wild turkey.

The gorge is a boon for outdoor enthusiasts and is the perfect place for birding, fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, picnicking, and photography. CAUTION: There is an old dam beneath the Main Street bridge in Painesville. Be sure to portage around it.

If you would like to learn more about the Grand River or get involved with its preservation, visit Grand River Partners. The conservation organization has an office on the Painesville Square.

- Fitness Centers -

Curves Women's Fitness Center
53 South St. Clair Street
(440) 357-7190

Lake County YMCA - Central Branch
933 Mentor Avenue
(440) 352-3303

The Painesville YMCA has a large basketball court, weight and cardio rooms, children's adventure center and an indoor pool.

- Senior Center -


Painesville-Area Senior Center
85 North Park Place
(440) 352-8095

Located in the historic Dorthy Allen building on the Painesville Square, the senior center offers educational, social, fitness and health programs. Among the offered activities are low impact aerobics, bingo, tai chi, yoga, tax assistance, AARP seminars, health screenings, pinochle, piano lessons, billiards crafts, scrapbooking and many other programs.-

- Sport Leagues -

Lake County YMCA Sport Leagues
933 Mentor Avenue
(440) 352-3303

Painesville Area Little League
Contact Chuck Asbury (440) 357-1334

Painesville Area Girls Softball
Contact TJ Lynch (440) 413-4799

Painesville Invitational Co-Ed Softball
Contact Rocky Nelson 440-477-4696

Painesville Men's Softball
Contact Tim Ferris 440-725-6086

Painesville Basketball Association (Youth)
Contact Mike Baker 440-357-5841

Painesville Youth Football
Contact Kevin Moreland 440-487-0855

- Summer Camps -


City of Painesville Summer Camp
53 South St. Clair Street
(440) 357-7190

YMCA Summer Camp - Painesville
933 Mentor Avenue
(440) 352-3303

- Walking Tours -



Downtown Painesville Historic Walking Tour
85 North Park Place
Walking Tour Map

Downtown Painesville has played an important role in the history of Northeast Ohio. Download our historic walking tour map and explore our courthouses, churches, historic homes, and other landmarks.

Evergreen Cemetery Painesville

Evergreen Cemetary Historic Walking Tour
85 North Park Place
Walking Tour Map

Evergreen Cemetery’s rich history dates back to 1859 when the Village of Painesville began to buy land from four Western Reserve families. Celebrated for its natural beauty and unique design, people began to visit the cemetery weekly for walks and picnics. In 1897, the Old Burying Ground on Washington Street was chosen as the site for Harvey High School and many of the people laid to rest in the Old Burying Ground were relocated to Evergreen Cemetery.

Among the notable historical figures buried at Evergreen are thirteen Revolutionary War veterans, educator Thomas Harvey, Governor Samuel Huntington, suffragist Frances Jennings-Casement, railroad tycoon General Jack Casement, Cleveland Indians pitcher Paul Tillotson and 300 Civil War veterans including Medal of Honor recipient Howell Treat



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