DeRivera Park was founded in honor of the original owner of South Bass Island, Joseph DeRivera St. Jurgo. It is just over 5 acres of waterfront property right in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay. You can take a seat on a gorgeous summer day and watch people move about downtown, or you can turn your attention towards the park, taking a stroll and looking at memorials throughout the park dedicated to the island’s history.
DeRivera Park Highlights
- DeRivera Park is home to a wishing fountain. You can feel good about tossing your change in whether or not your wish comes true, as the Put-in-Bay EMS collects the change as donations.
- It’s also home to a beautiful, public use gazebo. You can rent the gazebo for events such as weddings.
- There are grills available for cookouts, as well as a playground and swings for children to enjoy.
- You can also find a public bathhouse here, as well as lockers where you can put away anything you’ve bought from the downtown Put-in-Bay shops. This gives you an opportunity to catch a bite to eat or maybe a drink or two at one of the many restaurants within walking distance.
A Historical Memorial
One thing that will certainly stand out when you come to DeRivera Park is a memorial erected from cannonballs. This is one of the most fascinating spots in Put-in-Bay. After the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812, officials buried three American officers and three British officers here together, as a symbol of unity. These bodies were later exhumed and moved to the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial when it was built. The cannonballs in DeRivera Park mark the original gravesite.