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Bicentennial Documentary Premiere – Thursday, May 18, 2017!

Posted on May 11, 2017 at 8:19 am

Just a reminder the premiere of the Elyria Bicentennial Documentary Making History Then and Now! is one week away, on May 18th, 2017 with Festivities starting at 6:00pm, and the showing at 7:00pm. After many months of effort from our Bicentennial Committee and video team, the film  has come together beautifully and I hope everyone gets a chance to see it. It is filled with videos and pictures new and old that I guarantee many of us have never seen, and tells the rich story of Elyria through the words of Elyrians.  The showing will be at Hoke Theater in LCCC’s Stocker Center.  Tickets are $5 for the showing, and $25 for the pre-showing Cocktail party (this also includes admittance to the showing) and can be purchased at Elyria City Hall, the Elyria Arts Council (336 Broad Street), or online here: TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE!

Please join us on May 18th!  Call the Mayor’s Office at 440-326-1402 with any questions.

Bicentennial Gospel Hymn Sing – April 9, 2017!

Posted on April 8, 2017 at 1:14 pm

The Bicentennial Gospel Hymn Sing will take place this Sunday, April 9th, 2017 at 5:00pm at First United Methodist Church in Downtown Elyria – 312 3rd Street!  More than 15 choirs from Elyria’s churches will come together as one mass choir and sing some of your favorite gospel songs as we remember our past and look to the future through music.  More information and a complete list of participating churches is below.hymn

Bicentennial Parade – There is still time to register!

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 8:35 am

The City of Elyria Bicentennial Parade is coming to Elyria on Saturday, August 5th, 2017, and there is still time to be part of it!  Many local businesses and organizations are building floats or organizing entries, but we’re still accepting applications for groups that want to participate.  Our goal is to make this the biggest parade Elyria has ever seen.  The Bicentennial only comes around once, don’t miss your chance to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!  There is no fee to participate, but time is running out, so if you want to be a part of Elyria history, fill out the form below or call the Mayor’s Office at 440-326-1402.

The parade is August 5th but we already have a lot of participants to keep organized, so please get your applications in ASAP!

Please click here to view more information and the participation application!

Bicentennial Program by the Lorain County Historical Society – July 10, 2017!

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 8:17 am

On Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7:00pm, The Lorain County Historical Society will host a program entitled “Elyria African American History,” presented by Shirley Brown-Reeder  at the Lorain County History Center (284 Washington Avenue).  This is part of an ongoing series of historical programs presented as part of the City of Elyria’s Bicentennial celebration, and will no doubt contain countless facts and stories from the rich history of our City that many of us will be hearing for the first time.  As will all Bicentennial programs, this will be FREE and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Bill Bird at the LCHS at 440-322-3341.

Bicentennial Program for the Lorain County Historical Society

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 8:23 am

Please join Janet Bird of the Lorain County Historical Society for a FREE entertaining and educational evening on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Monteith Hall (218 East Avenue) .  The program will highlight Abigail Monteith, wife of honored Elyrian and staunch abolitionist John Monteith, and will provide even more background into the rich history of our great City during our Bicentennial year.

You are also encouraged to stop by the Student Center of Lorain County Community College to view an informative Traveling Bicentennial Exhibit, also courtesy of The Lorain County Historical Society.  The display was created in part from a grant by the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District and was designed to provide a mobile history center that can travel around the City, sharing even more information about Elyria’s history in variety of locations around the City.

For more information about these and other programs, please call the LCHS at 440-322-3341

Buy your holiday stocking stuffers and other gifts and help fund the Ely Square fountain!

Posted on December 16, 2016 at 3:56 pm


Elyria’s 200th birthday is only going to come around once in our lifetime – and Discount Drug Mart is helping us celebrate!

As Elyria’s official Bicentennial Souvenir Sponsor, not only can you purchase affordable and unique Bicentennial Merchandise at Drug Mart, but every dollar of every purchase you make will be donated back by Drug Mart to build a much-needed new fountain in Elyria’s beautiful and historic Ely Square.

Give the gift that will keep on giving for years to come.  Drug Mart’s two Elyria locations are offering a variety of merchandise including coffee and beer mugs, wine glasses, lapel pins, t-shirts and jerseys, water bottles, visors, baseball caps and more.

Give Bicentennial souvenirs for holidays, birthdays and other special occasions – or just go buy them for yourself


Posted on June 19, 2017 at 10:25 am

heritagebannerFree technical advice and low interest loans now available to Historic District residents

The City of Elyria is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Cleveland Restoration Society Heritage Home Programsm and Northwest Bank. This new partnership will make available FREE technical assistance and low interest loans to owners of homes 50 years or older in the West By The River Historic District.  Interested parties are invited to an informational meeting to learn more about the program set for June 27 at 6:00pm in Council Chambers, on the second floor of Elyria City Hall – 131 Court Street.

The most important feature of the Heritage Home Programsm is that it offers FREE Technical Assistance and advice to the owners of houses that are over 50 years old.  An employee of Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS) will come out and visit your house and evaluate the types of repairs that are necessary and appropriate for the house.  The CRS employee will help identify the proper materials to be used for repairs and replacements that will be consistent with the architecture and style of the home.

The free Technical Assistance and advice offered by the Heritage Home Programsm is completely impartial and independent.  Among some of the other Free services include:

  • Site visits to answer home repair, improvement and maintenance questions
  • Advice about increasing energy efficiency
  • Access to information on qualified local contractors
  • Evaluation of contractor bids and estimates

CRS does not have any products or services that it sells to the homeowners and does not charge the homeowner for the advice. Sometimes CRS may advise the homeowner that replacement products being recommended by salesmen or contractors are not necessary and that simple repairs are all that are needed.  CRS can also provide a homeowner with a list of contractors that do the type of work that the homeowner needs.  CRS will even review contractor bids and advise the homeowner on the bids. Under this Program, CRS has provided technical advice and assistance to over 12,000 homeowners in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio on projects having a value of over $257 Million.

Another feature of the Heritage Home Programsm is its low-interest equity loan program.  These loans are made by Northwest Bank to homeowners that are improving their houses as certified by CRS. The interest rate on these loans is a fixed rate of 2.375%/3.065% APR for up to 10 years. Heritage Home Programsm loans can be for interior as well as exterior repairs, maintenance, additions and modernization projects.  Kitchen and bath remodels are two popular uses of Heritage Home Programsm loans.  The only things that cannot be done with a Heritage Home Programsm loan are luxury items such as swimming pools or hot tubs, and vinyl siding or windows.

The Heritage Home Loan is based on equity in the house. An After-Rehabilitation Loan product is also available.  There are no income guidelines, but homeowners must meet Northwest Bank’s standard credit evaluation to obtain a loan.  There are no out-of-pocket costs for the loan, no closing costs and no points.  The interest from the loan is also tax deductible.  Additional information can be mailed directly to residents’ homes, upon request, by the Heritage Home Program or can be found online at

For more information about the program or to schedule a FREE personal appointment with a Heritage Home Program representative please call (216) 426-3116 or visit the Heritage Home website at You can also email them at

The City of Elyria Mayor’s Office would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Cleveland Restoration Society and Northwest Bank for helping to make this program possible.

City of Elyria Fireworks – BICENTENNIAL EDITION – Monday, July 3rd @ West Park!

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Join us in West Park for the Bicentennial Edition of the Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show on Monday, July 3rd, 2017!  We’re going to have the biggest pyrotechnic show we’ve had yet, and we’ll be joined by live bands, entertainers, and food from local favorites, food trucks, and traditional carnival fare!  Events kick off at 5:00pm with a showing of the Documentary “Elyria: Making History, Then and Now!” inside West Recreation Center, and will be followed by live music, balloon and juggling performances, and bubble stations throughout West Park!

 Click the picture above for full details!

Citywide Property Survey Set to Begin in Elyria

Posted on May 4, 2016 at 7:46 am


May 4, 2016

Contact: Mayor Holly Brinda
City of Elyria

Jim Rokakis
Western Reserve Land Conservancy
216- 515-8300

Paul Boehnlein
Western Reserve Land Conservancy


Citywide Property Survey Set to Begin in Elyria

Elyria is ready to launch a survey of all of the city’s nearly 23,000 parcels – and the buildings associated with them – to provide officials with an updated snapshot of the condition of these properties.

The citywide survey, which is expected to start in early May and run through June, is being conducted by the nonprofit Western Reserve Land Conservancy. The Land Conservancy has completed citywide property surveys in Akron, Cleveland, East Cleveland, Lorain, Oberlin and Sandusky.

The survey is being funded by the Nord Family Foundation, the Bettcher Foundation, United Way of Greater Lorain County, the Nordson Corporation and PNC Bank.

Paul Boehnlein, director of GIS for the Land Conservancy, said surveyors – staffed through a partnership with United Way of Lorain County and Oberlin Community Services – will work in teams of two and gather information while on sidewalks and public rights-of-way.  Information about each parcel – including whether it is vacant, the condition of any structures on it and a photo – is recorded on a tablet computer. The survey will provide Elyria with information that can be used to prioritize what structures should be rehabilitated or demolished with available funds and to determine any need for additional demolition funding.

“We have conducted these surveys in a number of Ohio communities but are excited to be doing this work in Elyria,” said Jim Rokakis, a Land Conservancy vice president and director of Thriving Communities Institute. “This survey is a valuable tool and will give the city of Elyria a more accurate picture of its housing and building stock.  This information will help to guide decision makers as they determine how to allocate their demolition resources.”

Surveyors will wear bright orange T-shirts with the Land Conservancy name and logo plus the words ELYRIA PROPERTY SURVEY in large letters.

Western Reserve Land Conservancy provides the people of our region with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration. The Land Conservancy has preserved natural areas and working farms in 17 counties in northern and eastern Ohio; its urban program, Thriving Communities, works statewide to clean and green urban centers devastated by the foreclosure crisis. To date, the Land Conservancy has permanently preserved more than 610 properties and more than 46,000 acres; led the efforts to create 30 county land banks across Ohio; and planted more than 1,800 trees in the city of Cleveland.




Community Conversations – Thursday, June 23, 2016 at West Recreation Center

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 8:20 am

conversationspictureELYRIANS… PLEASE JOIN



Thursday, June 23

7:00 – 8:30pm

West Park Recreation Center 

1200 Foster Avenue– Elyria, Ohio 44035

Please join the Mayor, her senior staff and department heads for a casual evening of information designed to inform and provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts about how working together, we can move Elyria forward. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please mark your calendars for additional Community Conversations on September 22 at South Park Recreation Center, and December 15 at East Park Recreation Center. All events will run from 7:00 – 8:30pm.

While reservations are not required, it would help us plan for seating and refreshments if you would please call the Mayor’s Office to confirm your attendance at 326-1402.

And don’t forget Morning Coffee with the Mayor at Midway Mall,  held the last Thursday of each month from 9:00am-10:00am in the Midway Mall food court.  MAYOR’S NIGHT IN also continues in Elyria City Hall, now on the first Monday of every month, from 5:30-6:30pm in the Third Floor Conference room of Elyria City Hall.

Elyria Bicentennial Parade Info

Posted on August 1, 2017 at 3:10 pm

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Elyria Bicentennial Time Capsule Survey

Posted on August 10, 2017 at 8:48 am

Later this year, the Elyria Bicentennial Commission will fill, seal and bury a time capsule commemorating 2017. Below are some questions suggested by members of the committee to help determine what we put into the capsule. We need your input to let the Elyrians of 2117 know about our Elyria!

There are only 9 short questions, so this should only take a few minutes of your time. Just read the questions, click in the box and type your answer, and click “OK.” It will automatically take you to the next question.

Elyria Festival of Lights – December 2, 2017!

Posted on December 1, 2017 at 2:08 pm


Bring Bring the entire family and join the City of Elyria and our partners for a fun-filled day of holiday events and activities designed to bring a smile to every age. All offerings in Ely Square, Elyria City Hall and Finwood Estate

are FREE and open to the public and are being made possible through the generous donations of individuals and organizations and the FindleyTrust. This year’s celebration will bring back many of the traditions you remember from the past, including the children’s petting zoo complete with A GENUINE REINDEER! Events will start at Elyria City Hall at 3:00pm with crafts, caroling, movies, a caricature artist, free gift bags for the first 500 children and Mayor Brinda’s FREE Storybook Giveaway!

Grace Community Church will once again be providing free outerwear for children and adults inside City Hall, and the Elyria ArtWorks on Broad Street will be open until 5:00pm for you to browse the works of local artists!

Downtown Elyria Events


  • Ice Sculpting – Watch a sculptor transform a block of ice into a holiday sculpture before your eyes!



    • Kids Crafts – Make a holiday craft in City Hall

    • Kids Holiday Movies – Warm up in City Hall to watch some classic holiday movies and specials!

  • Caricature Artist – Add some cheer to your holiday with a free caricature portrait of your children or your whole family!

Mayor Brinda’s Storybook Giveaway

  • The first 500 children will receive their choice of a FREE book courtesy of the Mayor!


  • Children’s Petting Zoo – Ely Square will come alive with real animals for your child’s petting pleasure, including: a camel, pygmy goats, a yak, Shetland sheep, alpacas and A REAL REINDEER!
  • Caroling & Group Performances: Hear the joyous sounds of the season from a variety of choral, dance and music groups!
  • StoryTime – Meet The GrinchWho Stole Christmas: The Elyria Public Library shares some holiday classics and your favorite holiday characters will be in Ely Square and City Hall


  • Coat, Scarf, Hat & Glove Giveaway – Grace Community Church will be providing free outerwear for children, youth and adults in Elyria City Hall

5:00-5:30pm – Santa’s Arrival!

5:30-7:00pm – Meet Santa in the Sunrise Rotary Santa House on Ely Square!


  •  The Elyria Arts Council Gallery- 336 Broad Street – locals artists and craftspeople will display artwork, jewelry, crafts and sculptures for display and sale!

Holiday at Finwood Estate Events (799 N. Abbe by LCCC)

6:00-9:00pm: December 1 thru December 23 – (drive-thru through January 2)

North Park Ice Arena Events

December 3rd – 901 Duffy St.

1:00 – 3:00pm & 7:00 – 9:00pm: Open Skate: Youth $3, Adults $4, Skate Rental $3

See flyer below for more details!

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Posted on June 16, 2016 at 10:37 am



Elyria will be rocking on Thursday evening June 30 (rain date Friday July 1) at West Park, 1200 Foster Avenue, with a star spangled spectacular evening of live bands, family games, festive food, and the Windstream Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show.  Thanks to the generosity of this year’s title sponsor Windstream, as well as other significant fireworks donors including 3M Corporation, Bob’s Tire Service, and others recognized below, this annual early fourth of July celebration will feature headlining band the Whiskey Kings, fronted by WKYC’s Monica Robins, introduced by Elyria’s very own E.T. King and the Determination.

Events will be announced from the Windstream Stage beginning at 4:00pm when West Park will open complete with food vendors for your picnicking pleasure. Vendors will include Hershey’s Ice Cream ‘n More, Marco’s Pizza, By the Slab Catering, Lorenzo’s Pizzeria, and other traditional carnival fare from both Goldstar Food Service and Island Delights.  Beginning at 7:00pm the Elyria Parks and Recreation staff will provide family games, and at 7:15pm the live music will begin and continue until dusk. This marks the first year that Windstream will be presenting the Fireworks Show in Elyria.

“We are thrilled to be participating in this year’s Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show,” said Brian Harman, Windstream President of Operations in Ohio. “Each year, this show brings together all of Elyria for a night of festivities, and Windstream is proud to support the community’s celebration of tradition and heritage.”

IMG_2403-resized Opening remarks and sponsor and donor recognition will begin at dusk, followed by the presenting of the Colors by Elyria veterans groups, the Pledge of Allegiance by US Army veteran Terry Stone, and the singing of the Star Spangled banner by Tim Deery.   A dazzling, 25-minute fireworks show by American Fireworks will follow, complete with choreographed music.  Upon completion of the show, the City will institute a city-wide curfew beginning at 11:45pm.

Because of limited parking, residents are encouraged to carpool. Handicap parking will be available.  Enter the Central West Park parking lot via the Foster Avenue entrance.  An official handicap parking identification tag will be required.  For safety purposes, parking on some streets will be restricted on portions of both sides of Clemens, Oakwood, Penfield, Lowell, Foster, and Spruce.  Only residential traffic will be permitted on Seneca and Rockfern.

For safety purposes, the following items are strictly prohibited in the park: animals (except service dogs), fireworks or sparklers, throIMG_2219-resizedwing or battling toys, skateboards or online skates, bicycles, laser pointers, alcohol, illegal drugs, tents, large golf umbrellas or flags on poles. All items brought into the park are subject to inspection.

Sincere appreciation is extended to all of Elyria’s fireworks contributors. For a complete list of donors, and to learn more about adjusted traffic patterns and parking please go to  Special thanks are extended to these fireworks donors at $500 or above:  $10,000 – Windstream; $2,500 – 3M Corporation and Bob’s Tire Service; $1,000 – United Initiators, American Legion Post 12, Northwest Bank, Friends of Cascade Park, University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, AECOM; $500 – Eco Tree Service, Ridge Tool, KS Associates and Dunlop’s Garage – and many more.  

More information including an agenda of events coming soon!

A page thanking all of our generous sponsors can be found here!


Posted on November 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm

There will be a temporary electric power outage from approximately 5:00pm to 8:00pm THIS EVENING, NOVEMBER 15 for residents in Elyria who live in the following areas:

  • 200 – 800 block of East Avenue
  • All side streets between 200 – 800 blocks of East Avenue, running between East Ave. and Middle Ave.
  • 200 – 800 block of Middle Avenue

This is necessary to accommodate an emergency gas main repair.  Residents are asked to shelter in place, and avoid unnecessary travel or activities outside their homes.