The historic Amphitheater in Ottawa Park was WPA constructed in 1935-1936. It is located on a sloping piece of ground surrounded by
trees in a bird sanctuary section of the park. The 500 tons of stone came from a quarry near Whitehouse. The small scrubs and trees
planted then are now nearly 100 feet tall! Over the years the seating area has been rebuilt, a handicap accessible ramp added, a stage
with backdrops, electricity, and a storage facility. It holds about 750 people. It is the only venue for free open air concerts in
Since it opened the Amphitheater has been used for church services, Broadway productions, Shakespeare plays, Magic shows,
and lots of live music. Free summer concerts have been held since at least 1963, and your Park Board sponsors these annual concerts.
See Calendar tab for dates and performers.
Designed and maintained by the Ottawa - Jermain Park Advisory Board Toledo OH © 2017
In 2014, we received a NatureWorks grant to start restoring the amphitheater. In 2016 the 1st phase (drainage
rebuild) was completed. A grant for the 2nd phase has been submitted. This is all part of a 5 year comprehensive plan created
for the Board by UT's 2014 Senior Civil Engineering students.
The amphitheater can also be rented for private activities.
For information and fees, contact: Shawn Sobel of the Toledo Division of Parks, Recreation and Forestry at 419-936-3887 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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