Project Name: Portage Park Playground Revitalization Project

Project Location: City of Port Clinton

The City project was selected to receive a Park District of Ottawa County Parks and Trails Improvement Grant of

$15,000 in the first year of the grant program. This grant allowed the City of Port Clinton to replace Portage Park’s aged, second-hand equipment that had fallen out of use and was beyond its useful life. New playground equipment installation was completed Dec. 12, 2022.

The funds announced by Park District of Ottawa County expedited purchase and installation of new playground

equipment with modern design at the heavily trafficked 12-acre, all-seasons public park, serving the City’s southwest residential neighborhood and thousands of City and County residents and visitors utilizing the park for

organized sports, family gatherings, sledding at Taft Hill, and additional recreational opportunities. The new design also includes new swings, absent from the previous equipment at Portage Park, as well as engineered wood fiber

ground covering to replace the mix of grass, old wood chips and mulch material.

Port Clinton Mayor Mike Snider was excited to see neighborhood children enjoying the new equipment the very first day it was completed.


“This new equipment will draw many new families and friends to Portage Park and really maximize usage of this wonderful space. I encourage all residents to visit and enjoy the new playground,” Snider said.

Port Clinton Auditor Gabe Below welcomed the Park District funds. “When the City is able to partner with outside agencies and reduce the City’s cost for needed recreational improvements in the community, residents will see more and more amenities across our community,” Below said. “The Portage Park Playground Revitalization Project and the newly completed Waterfront Walkway at the Jefferson Street Pier are terrific improvements, and both are excellent examples of the City securing outside financial support to significantly reduce costs borne by Port Clinton taxpayers,” Below added.