Project Name: Massie Cliffside Preserve Drive Improvement Project

Project Location: Put-in-Bay

The Put-in-Bay Township Park District (PIBTPD) was awarded a Parks and Trails Improvement Grant in the amount of $20,000 to upgrade access to the Massie Cliffside Preserve. The Preserve has one entrance on State Route 357 with a foot trail to the lakeshore. Massie Drive provided a second access and parking lot for those who were mobility impaired. The narrow road had been in a state of disrepair with deep potholes. Proper grading, widening and a pervious gravel base was completed in fall/early winter 2022 and speed bumps were installed in March 2023. A new two-sided sign purchased by the Put-in-Bay Township Park District will allow the many island visitors to clearly see their parking/access options from State Route 357. The sign will be completed after input from residents on Massie Lane and installed before the 2023 summer season begins. It acknowledges the contributions from the Park District of Ottawa County ($20,000), as well as Shores & Islands Ohio ($8,800) to the project.

There is a new gate at the parking lot that can be opened for maintenance and special visitors if needed. The newly improved Massie Drive will allow easier access to the beautiful Lake Erie views, wildflowers, birds, and benches for mobility impaired and elderly visitors.