February 1, 2022

Much to Look Forward to in 2022

The City of Avon Lake administration hopes you had a happy and healthy holiday season. We don’t know what challenges lay ahead, but with determination, resilience, and cooperation, we can look forward to a brighter future for all. We wish you peace and harmony in 2022.

We hope you were able to join us at Light up the Park on December 1st at Veterans Memorial Park. The artistry, hard work, and dedication of the Public Works department and Recreation department was in full display as the community welcomed Santa and his helpers to Avon Lake. We thank everyone who helped make this event possible.

On December 14th, the process of dismantling the Avon Lake Play Space began. ALPS was built in 1994 by over 600 volunteers who worked tirelessly in sometimes less than ideal conditions to improve the community. While many have fond memories of the playground, ALPS sadly reached the end of its productive life. We look forward to Phase 1 and 2 of a new, improved, and inclusive playground to begin construction in late Spring 2022. Phase 3 is anticipated to be completed in 2023. Equipment was selected based on the results of community outreach efforts and surveys of residents.

The closing of the GenOn power plant, a fixture on the shores of Lake Erie since 1925, has been postponed until late March 2022. While the City doesn’t own the 41-acre site, it’s our goal to work in cooperation with the owner (Charah Solutions) to help shape the redevelopment plan and make Lake Erie more accessible to the community. We will keep you updated on public engagement opportunities for residents to share their views.

This year’s ward meeting will have the same format as last year due to COVID-19 precautions. There will be one city-wide Ward meeting on February 8, at 7:00 p.m.

Gregory J. Zilka
Mayor, City of Avon Lake