The City of Ashtabula is located on Lake Erie’s coastline about an hour between Cleveland, Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania. We are proud of our City. We invite you to explore our website and discover a small sampling of what Ashtabula has to offer. Our name, Ashtabula, is the softening of an Algonquin Indian term originally pronounced “Hush-tah-buh-lah”, which signified our Ashtabula River as “River of many fish.”
The Ashtabula Lift Bridge (also known as the West Fifth Street Bridge) is a Strauss bascule bridge that spans the Ashtabula River in the harbor of Ashtabula, Ohio. Built in 1925, it is one of only two of its type which remain in service in the State of Ohio. In 1985, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was restored in 1986 and was repaired and repainted in 2009.
Walnut Beach is a city-owned park that features a wildlife preserve, swimming beach with lifeguards, playground, volleyball courts, bocce courts, picnic tables, a concession stand, and a short boardwalk. Walnut Beach offers a good view of Ashtabula’s Historic Lighthouse.
Walnut Boulevard is also home to the Hubbard House and the Ashtabula Maritime Museum. The 19th century home of the Hubbard family tells the history of the Underground Railroad. The Ashtabula Maritime Museum features displays about shipping on the Great Lakes.
Across the street from the Maritime Museum, is Point Park which overlooks the Ashtabula River and our famous Bascule Lift Bridge, which goes up every half hour during the summer. There are steps leading from Point Park to Bridge Street where there are many quaint shops and restaurants that line the historic Bridge Street shopping district. There are several Bed & Breakfast places in the area, most in historic homes.
Downtown Ashtabula offers shops, Cornelius Park, South Park and dining facilities. Cornelius Park often features live music during the summer in the gazebo.
Close to Ashtabula are more parks on the Lakeshore, specialty dining restaurants, wineries, the Ashtabula Mall, and many beautiful covered bridges, including the longest covered bridge in the United States.
Nearby Lakeshore Park is also on Lake Erie’s coastline and offers a swimming beach with lifeguards, playground, picnic tables, a concession stand, and a pond where you can feed the ducks.In the summer time, there are antique car shows. The end of November and December, Lakeshore Park is home to Ashtabula Lights on the Lake.
The Ashtabula Area City Schools educate the youth of our community and recently participated in the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission (OSFC) funding. This allowed the District to build five new elementary schools, a Junior High School and a new High School. Students of the District also have the opportunity to attend A-Tech, the County’s technical and career campus. The City of Ashtabula is also proud to be the home of Kent State University at Ashtabula.
We hope you will stop by and visit our community. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information you may need. Welcome!