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Learn More About Avon Lake

Nestled along the shores of Lake Erie, Avon Lake is located in Northern Ohio just 15 miles west of Cleveland. Our close proximity to the city gives residents convenient access to museums, professional sporting events, and world-class theater and orchestra productions. Avon Lake is home to a variety of businesses and restaurants – all within a short drive, bike ride, or walk! In Avon Lake, city life balances well with the amenities we offer close to home, including a vibrant Lorain County Metro Park, 220 additional acres of parklands, 35 miles of bike trails, and a boat launch. Residents can also enjoy a municipal swimming pool, beach access, golf course, pickle ball and tennis courts, as well as a variety of venues for youth and adult sports.

Avon Lake by the Numbers

Our high school is ranked 9th best in Cleveland area.*
Avon Lake Ranks #16 in "Top Safest Cities in the U.S.”**

Our city is roughly 12 (11.64) square miles
According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the population is approximately 25,206

*U.S. News & World Reports 2023 rankings
**NeighborhoodScout’s Safest Cities in America – 2023

Below you will find a compilation of frequently asked questions as well as helpful links at your fingertips:


Q. What should I do with my leaves in the fall?

The Public Works Department picks up leaves curbside, beginning in the fall and ending at the end of December, weather permitting. During this time, the planned route will be posted on the City website under “News.” Leaf piles should contain only leaves and placed only on the tree lawn area, not in the street or sidewalks. More information: Leaf Pickup

Kimble Companies provide yard waste pickup during your regularly scheduled trash pickup day, March through December. Yard waste can be placed in bins provided by Kimble Companies, paper bags, or containers clearly labeled “Yard Waste.” More information: Refuse, Recycling, and Yard Waste

Q. What happens to the leaves that are picked up by the City?

The Avon Lake Public Works Department offers free compost as a service to residents of Lorain County year-round. Compost storage bins are located behind the Service Garage at 750 Avon Belden Road. More information: Free Leaf Humus and Wood Chips

Q. How is snow removed in the City?

During a snowstorm, a five-truck route is in effect, and during a heavy storm there are two trucks per route operating (10 total). If the Police or Fire Departments need assistance in an emergency, the snow plows will be diverted to clear the way. Snow should not be shoveled or blown into the street. When 2” or more of snow is in the forecast, a snow parking ban is in effect. Residents need to also keep sidewalks and the area surrounding fire hydrants clear of snow. More information: Snow Plowing

Q. How does trash pickup and recycling work in Avon Lake?

Recycling and refuse materials will be picked by Kimble Companies on the day indicated on the map except when a holiday falls on the regular pickup day, when recycling and refuse materials will be delayed by one day. Carts should be placed at your curb by 7:00 a.m. and no earlier than 5:00 p.m. the day before pickup. More information: Recycling Services and Trash Container Placement Information

Yard waste can be placed in bins provided by Kimble Companies, paper bags, or containers clearly labeled “Yard Waste.” More information: Refuse, Recycling, and Yard Waste

Bulk and excess trash collection occurs one time in a calendar month on regularly scheduled collection day. If a residence needs more than the one-time bulk service in a calendar month, the items will be picked up and the residence will be charged. More information: Bulk and Excess Trash Guidelines

Q. Is there a way to prevent solicitors from knocking on my door?

Yes! Avon Lake residents can add their address to a list that notifies solicitors not to knock on their door. To be added, complete the Do Not Knock Registry Form. To obtain your optional sticker, go to Avon Lake City Hall, 150 Avon Belden Road 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or the Avon Lake Police Department. If you have any questions, please call 440-933-6141.

Q. How can I receive emergency alerts?

Alert Avon Lake is a free service provided by the City of Avon Lake (normal messaging fees may apply). Complete this short form to receive Avon Lake emergency alerts, weather alerts from the national weather service, and public service announcements.


Helpful Links

Meet the Mayor
Mayor Mark Spaetzel, former Ward III Council Member and life-long Avon Lake resident was elected to his first term, beginning January 1, 2024.

City Government
The Council serves as the legislative body of the city: enacting laws, passing ordinances and resolutions, and looking out for the general needs and wellbeing of our community and our citizens.

Lay of the Land
Get a bird’s eye view of the City, including important landmarks, ward and zoning maps, as well as a map of our beautiful parks.

Our Parks
Whether for recreation, athletics or gathering for fun, Avon Lake provides a variety of opportunities for people to get outside and enjoy our community year-round.

Activities and Events for All Ages
From beautifully maintained parks to engaging programs and activities for all ages – Avon Lake offers something for everyone. To learn more, register for a program, or reserve a facility, visit

Senior Life in Avon Lake
The Old Firehouse Senior Center is the hub for seniors, featuring exercise classes, social events, and educational programs.

Get Involved
Avon Lake’s organization and club offerings are as diverse as our residents’ interests. Whether you’re interested in community service, nature or health/wellness – there’s something for you.

See What You Missed
Catch up on videos of shows produced by our community, government meetings, Avon Lake events, and “Avon Lake Matters” podcasts.

Career Opportunities
The City of Avon Lake is an equal opportunity employer. If a position becomes vacant, it will be posted in the job listings.

Public Works
Keeping our streets clear, giving residents a ride when they need it, and helping everyone reuse and recycle: when you live and work in Avon Lake, you benefit from all that we have to offer, including access to a variety of critical and convenient services designed to help make our lives a little easier. Many of these services are covered as part of your residential taxes.

Shop Local
The City of Avon Lake has a variety of small businesses, industries, and corporations that we are happy to support.

Check Out Our Library
The mission of the Avon Lake Public Library is to foster and enrich the community through collaboration, services, and resources.

Excellence in Education
A rating by Niche: Avon Lake City School District is a highly-rated, public school district. It has 3,684 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1.