Friday, June 27, 2014

SR 57 Corridor Project Update: 6/27/14

SR 57 Corridor Project
Update on work for the week of June 30

ELYRIA (Friday, June 27, 2014) – The Ohio Department of Transportation District 3 provides the following update on the State Route 57 corridor improvement project in the City of Elyria:

Midway Mall Boulevard/Tillotson Street – Temporary pavement will be installed on the north side of the intersection, both east and west of Tillotson Street. Traffic will be maintained through the intersection at all times.

·        On Wednesday, July 2, the work zone will be installed on the south half of the intersection, including the entrance to Midway Mall. One lane of traffic will be maintained on Midway Mall Boulevard in each direction.

·        Beginning Wednesday, July 2, there will be no access to the Midway Mall entrance at Tillotson Street. Midway Mall customers will have access from the entrance east of Tillotson Street or through Travelers Lane, west of Red Lobster. This will remain in place through late August.

Leona Street/Midway Mall Boulevard – A work zone remains in place at the northeast quadrant of the intersection. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times through the intersection.

State Route 57 – Traffic on SR 57, between the Midway Mall Boulevard and the Ohio Turnpike, will be shifted temporarily on to the shoulders as the contractor installs a work zone. Only one lane of traffic will be maintained on SR 57 north and southbound from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2. Once this work is complete, SR 57 traffic will be divided with a concrete barrier wall and two lanes of traffic will remain in place both north and southbound.

Residents, business owners, and motorists are encouraged to contact ODOT District 3’s Public Information Office with any questions or concerns about this work at 419-207-7182 or

Exercise caution in work zones and pay attention to slower moving traffic as it merges in to an open lane. For statewide construction information visit For more information on these upcoming traffic changes on SR 57, visit

For more information contact:  Christine Myers, District 3 Communications, at (419) 207-7182

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Elyria Fireworks Schedule and Instructions

Bring the Family and Join Us For
Presented by
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems & United Initiators
July 2, 2014 (rain date July 3) 4:00 – 11:00pm at West Park



  • 4:00pm:  West Park Opens to the Public
  • 4:30pm:  Picnic Begins/Concession Stand/ Food Vendors Open (see list)
  • 5:00pm:  General Public parking at West Park South Parking Lot opens (see other options described below)
  • 6:00 – 7:45pm:  Elyria Parks & Recreation Staff provide family games, activities, face painting and more
  • 8:00 – 9:30pm:  Live Entertainment by Yellow Delicious 
  • 9:30 – 9:45pm:  Mayor Holly Brinda: Welcome, Introduction of Presenting Sponsors  9:45 – 9:50pm:  Presenting of the Colors, American Legion Post 12; Pledge of Allegiance
  • 9:50pm:  Star Spangled Banner 
  • 9:55pm:  Parks & Recreation Director Frank Gustoff greeting/Fireworks begin
  • 10:30pm:  Fireworks end
  • 11:45pm:  Curfew begins 

Parking Instructions
Please Carpool:  While the City and area businesses and organizations are working hard to create parking for this event, (see list of free parking below) there will still be a limited number of parking spots available.  

Parking Prohibited:  For safety purposes, parking on the streets will be limited so please pay attention to posted signage.  Parking will not be permitted on: Penfield from Lowell Street to Foster Avenue; Foster Avenue from Woodland Avenue to the entrance to West Park; and Oakwood Street from Penfield Avenue to Clemens Avenue.   

Residential Traffic:  Only residential traffic will be permitted on Penfield, Rockfern and Seneca avenues. 

General Public Parking:  West Park South Parking Lot: limited general parking will be  available on a first come, first serve basis beginning at 5:00pm.  Enter the south parking lot via the west drive off Lowell Street.  The east entrance will be blocked off for pedestrian traffic. 

Handicap Parking: Enter the Central West Park Parking Lot via the Foster Avenue entrance.  An official Handicap Parking Identification Tag will be required to gain access.    

Other Available Free Parking:  Thank you to the following businesses/organizations for allowing event parking at no cost. (Please note, all parking is at your own risk.  Neither the city nor the owner of the lot/property assumes any responsibility for you or your passengers, your vehicle or your belongings.  Parking spots will be available at the close of business for each location; time will vary by organization/business.) Free parking is available at: Kennedy’s Cycle, 1019 Lowell Street; former Bank Building, 1000 Lowell Street; Matt-A-Mattic, 810 Lowell Street; Plasto-Tech, 708 Lowell Street; Original Glorious Apostolic Church, 616 Foster Avenue; Thomas Jefferson School, 616 Foster Avenue; Leggitt & Platt, grass lot at corner of Lowell Street and Woodland Avenue; Lowell Street Baptist Church, 642 Lowell Street; and the vacant city grass lot, northside of Lowell Street between Waverly Street and West Park Recycling.  Other locations may charge for parking or ask for donations. 

Adjusted Traffic Patterns:  Exit traffic from the park will be directed east on Foster Avenue to Lake Avenue. Turning north on Penfield and Woodland as well as turning south on Penfield, Rockfern, Seneca and Woodland avenues will be prohibited.  Motorists will also be prohibited from traveling south on Penfield and Woodland from Spruce St to Foster Ave.  West of the east Lowell Street entrance to the West Recreation South Parking Lot, motorists will be directed west on Lowell Street. East of the east Lowell St entrance to the West Recreation South Parking Lot, motorists will be directed east on Lowell Street to Lake Avenue. Turning north on Penfield, Rockfern, Seneca and Woodland avenues from Lowell St. will be prohibited.  West bound traffic on Foster Avenue and Lowell St (from Lake to Penfield) will be prohibited until after traffic has been cleared from the areas immediately surrounding the park.

Park Rules for the Fireworks
You may bring into the park: blankets and beach towels, tarps, lawn chairs, personal-size umbrellas, cameras, cell phones, binoculars, sealed water bottles, baby strollers, wagons, food, flashlight, bug repellent, coolers.  All items brought into the park are subject to city inspection.  

The following items are strictly prohibited: fireworks or sparklers; play pens; throwing or batting toys; skateboards or inline skates; bicycles; laser pointers; alcohol; weapons; illegal drugs; tents; large golf umbrellas or flags; animals (except service dogs). 

Park Etiquette
Please, be thoughtful when setting up lawn chairs that you try not to block others’ views; try not to smoke cigarettes in close proximity to others – especially children; be thoughtful while navigating through crowds to insure the safety of those who may be unsteady on their feet or those transporting children in strollers or wagons.      

Food Vendors
For your dining pleasure, the following LOCAL vendors who will be inspected and approved by the Elyria Health Department, will be providing food: CoFields Barbeque, Marcos Pizza, Donna’s Diner, Sambinos Pizza, By The Slab, and Hershey’s Ice Cream.     

For safety and security reasons, the City of Elyria will be enforcing an 11:30pm city-wide curfew to encourage citizens to leave West Park and the neighborhood immediately after the fireworks show. 




Thursday, June 19, 2014


City of Elyria crews will be picking up debris across the city left by Wednesday’s storm on Saturday, June 21 from 7:00am to 5:00pm.  Residents are asked to move branches and other plant debris out to the curb.  Pieces of tree trunks will be accepted up to 10” in diameter.  Fallen trees that the City normally does not process, may be considered for pick-up if residents move the tree to the curb lawn and cut it up into manageable pieces.   Storm-related debris other than plant matter will be picked up as part of the regular sanitation cycle.  If you have questions or need more information please call the Elyria Sanitation Department at 322-3895.   

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Elyria’s Summer Like No Other: Back to Back Fireworks, Concerts and Camps Spark Excitement and Renewal!

Elyrians are about to have a summer like no other!  Thanks to the can-do attitude and generosity of individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations, the City of Elyria and its many partners will host an array of FREE summer events and activities, including but not limited to: Eleven Reach and Rise Discovery Camps for 850 children and youth throughout the summer; an Elyria Salute to America: the Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show on July 2 at West Park; the Super Hero Spectacular Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert and Fireworks Show on Ely Square on August 30; the annual Summer Lunchtime Concert Series EVERY THURSDAY June 5 – August 14 in Ely Square; and the Fourth Annual “Rockin In The Park” concert featuring LaFlavour on Sunday, July 27.  Many other recreational activities and events are also available through the Elyria Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor’s Office and can be viewed on the city’s website at  
Over $106,000 in donations is making these summer events and activities possible.  All events are FREE and open to the public and represent the City of Elyria’s commitment to return quality of life programming to the City through partnership building and resource development.  The fireworks fundraising goal of $45,000 was met and slightly exceeded at $46,401.75.  City employees, officials and unions have contributed over $3,000 to the fireworks as a way to say thank you and give back to the community.  “It is clear given the magnitude of this very generous philanthropic response to the City’s request to support activities that members of our community are working very hard to make Elyria the chosen place again to live, work, play and raise our families,” said Mayor Holly Brinda.  “I am so very proud to live in a city where our citizens, businesses and organizations pull together for the greater good to create opportunities for all of us to share.” 

A renewed highlight of this summer’s events will be the return of the fireworks to the City.  And not only is the City returning fireworks to West Park for the first time since 2008, but thanks to the generosity of donors and Melrose Pyrotechniques who has donated a small second show, the City will also be adding fireworks to the Labor Day weekend festivities during the first Super Hero Spectacular Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert and Fireworks Show, co-sponsored by the City and Main Street Elyria. 
Billed as Elyria’s Salute to America: the Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show, this celebration of independence is scheduled for July 2 with a rain date of July 3 at West Park – 1200 Foster Avenue.  Activities will run from 4:00pm – 10:45pm and feature a variety of foods, family games, live music, and a second to none fireworks display that fuses musical production with technical artistry to build a star-spangled spectacular show.  Presenting Sponsors for the show are Bendix Corporation and United Initiators each at $5,000, with support from 3M Corporation and Bob’s Tire Service at $2,500; Parsons Insurance ($1,001), Invacare Corporation, The Outdoor Option, University Hospital Elyria Medical Center, Psych and Pysch Services and Mayor Holly Brinda at $1,000; Sambinos Pizza at $620; Allan Kennard Printing at $550; and Eco Tree Services, Dunlap’s Garage, Talmer Bank and Trust, , Citizens for Serazin, Elyria High School Staff and Students, A.J. Gallagher & Allen Thorley DeLloyd Insurance, Ridge Tool and Walter Haverfield LLP Attorneys at Law at $500.   Many other individuals, businesses and organizations also contributed; a complete list of donors will be published in the newspaper prior to the event. 

The Super Hero Spectacular Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert and Fireworks Show scheduled for Saturday August 30 is a new twist on the popular concert tradition designed to attract more young families with children – as well as the more senior concert veterans.  This family-friendly, fun-filled evening will feature appearances and skits by live, fully-costumed Super Heroes from the nonprofit Super Heroes to Kids in Ohio.  The Cleveland Pops Orchestra will incorporate the Super Heroes into their musical performance and there will be other kid-friendly surprises.  The evening will culminate in a star-spangled extravaganza complete with fireworks.  There will be  healthy “super foods” available, along with a series of Super Hero games and activities for children, youth and families.  Event comers – especially the kids - are encouraged to come in full Super Hero costume. 
For the third year in a row, the City of Elyria and its 14 government, education and nonprofit programming partners and 11 funding partners will offer 11 Reach and Rise Discovery Camps to 850 children and youth between June 8 and August 9.  The camps are designed to create excitement and build knowledge and skills in the areas of science, math, reading, music and the arts.  To register visit the Elyria Parks and Recreation Department at City Hall – 131 Court Street.  The Presenting Corporate Sponsor for this year’s camps is BASF at $10,000, with support from Lorain County Solid Waste Management District at $7,879.50; Republic Services and 3M Foundation each at $5,000; K.E. McCartney & Associates and Environmental Rate Consultants each at $2,500; Friends of Cascade at $1,800; Elyria Charities at $1,000 and many others.  A full list of donors and grant makers will be published in the newspaper later this summer.    

Additional information regarding all events and activities will be released closer to the respective event/activity dates.  For more information call the Mayor’s Office at (440) 326-1402.