Parks and Recreation

The Amherst Park system is comprised of five parks and a public swimming pool.  The parks and pool are maintained on a daily basis and are governed by a volunteer board, the Park Commission.  The Park Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month at various locations.  To contact our Park Commission, you should call the mayor's office at (440) 988-4380 and leave a message.   

Maude Neiding Park and Anna Schmauch Memorial Pool - 960 Cleveland Avenue

This park has two entrances, north off Cleveland Avenue and south off Park Avenue.  Click on the link to mapquest  for more specific directions.  The park has a large playground for children and four picnic shelters that can be reserved by contacting the Mayor's office.  The Anna Schmauch Memorial Pool is located near the Cleveland Avenue entrance.  The Park Avenue entrance is open year round for parking.  The Cleveland Avenue entrance is only open between late March and early November.


 Shelter Rentals:

Four picnic shelters are available for rental;in Maude Neiding Park.  Reservations are accepted from opening day through closing day of the pool. Reservations are made at the Mayor's office located at 206South Main Street. Shelters are open to the public are available on a first come first serve basis for the remainder of the year. There are no restroom facilities available before the pool opens or once the pool closes. Please see the Park Shelter Rules for more information.

 For information, phone the Mayor's office at (440) 988-4380 or email the office at

 Resident of CityNonresident
Shelter #1$45.00$70.00  Please note:  All shelter rental fees must be paid
Shelter #2$35.00$60.00 in full thirty days in advance of the reservation
Shelter #3$25.00$50.00                       Park Shelter Rules
Shelter #4$25.00$50.00

Anna Schmauch Memorial Pool:    

The Anna Schmauch Memorial Pool entrance is also the Cleveland Avenue entrance to Maude Neiding Park.  For 2015, the pool will be open from June 6th through August 18th.  Anyone can join the pool or purchase a daily pool pass.  Season passes for the pool will be sold beginning the first business day in May at the Treasurer's office, 480 Park Avenue.  The office also sells passes during the month of December for the holiday season.  You must come into the office to purchase the pool passes; we cannot accept applications over the phone.  Contact the Treasurer's office at (440) 988-3745 or email for more information concerning pool passes. 

View the following flyers for more information:

2015 Pool Pass Rate Information
2015 Hours of Operation, Swim Lessons and Pool Pass Policies
Pool Rules


The pool will close at 4:00 pm for home swim team meets on the following dates in 2015: June 18th, July 7th, July 16th


The pool is available for rental every evening from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm during pool season (excluding home swim meet dates above).  Payment of $90.00 must be made two weeks in advance of the rental date and the following agreement must be signed:  Amherst City Pool Use Agreement  .  The additional $100.00 for the lifeguards is due on the rental date.   To schedule a rental please contact  the pool manager when the pool opens at (440) 988-8523 or the Mayor's office at (440) 988-4380 or

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Swimming Lessons 2014:     

  •  Session 1:  June 15 - 19   &  June 22 - 26                                                 Swim Lesson Cancellation Policy
  •  Session 2:  June 29 - July 3  &  July 6 - 10
  •  Session 3:  July 13 - 17   &  July 20 - 24

Lessons are available for children four years of age and older.  Each session has two class times and will run for 35 minutes:  10:15 am - 10:50 am or 11:00 am - 11:35 am.     Each session is $46.00.  There is a limit of 2 sessions per child.   Sign up for lessons begins Saturday June 6th through Wednesday, June 10th for members only.  Members and non-members can sign up for any remaining lesson times beginning Thursday, June 11th.


Beaver Creek Reservation - 913 North Lake Street

This Lorain County Metro Park  features 65 acres of mature woodlands and floodplains, a 1.2 mile paved loop-trail and day-use area with a shelter available for reservation, playground, soccer field and visitor's center.  Whether you are looking for a place to a have a picnic, let the kids run free or just want to walk the paved trail from creek bed to pine grove, come check us out!

The park entrance is off North Lake Street, just past the Amherst Police Station, as you are heading north, or just past the Amherst American Legion as you are heading south.  Click here for more specific directions.  Beaver Creek Reservation is a shared park with the City of Amherst and the Lorain County Metroparks.  Rental of the facilities can be made through the Lorain County Metroparks.  The website for LCM is  You may make a reservation through this website or by calling 1-800-LCM-PARK.


DePaola and Jaworski Parks - off Cooper Foster Park Road

These two parks are located off Cooper Foster Park Road behind Amherst Plaza.  You can enter Jaworski Park at the intersection of Amchester Drive and Kresge Drive.  They are named after former Mayors Anthony DePaola and John Jaworski.  These facilities are adjacent to each other and are a favorite site for soccer games.


Veterans Park - corner of Tenney Avenue and Church Street

This small park honors the memory and deeds of Amherst men and women who have served in the armed forces.  A gazebo was built on this site in 1998 by volunteers and members of local Boy Scout Troop 427.  The gazebo was moved to the Historical Society grounds in 2009.


Additional Recreational Activities (not affiliated with the City)

Amherst Summer Rec Program -  This is a summer program for Amherst students in the first grade through age 12. Daily activities include arts and crafts in the art room and exciting games of dodgeball and kickball in the gym. Students also enjoy supervised play in the playground, weather permitting. There are also a number of field trips scheduled throughout the summer!  Information can be viewed on their website:

Amherst Athletic Association - This organization provides T-ball, softball and baseball for ages 5-18.  You must bring a birth certificate to registration if you are a new player.  You can get more information at

Amherst Youth Football Association - This group has instructional teams for children grades three through six.  Information concerning the youth football association can be viewed on their website

Amherst Swim Team - The swim team competes against other teams in a regional league that is made up of seven teams.  There are approximately 170-200 children that participate each year from Amherst.  Sign up times are usually advertised in the local newspapers during the month of February. More information can be viewed on their website

Amherst Youth Soccer Assocation -   Registration for soccer is usually listed in the local newspapers.  You can also obtain information from their website:

Workshop Players - If you are a thespian or a budding performer, you might consider becoming a member of the Workshop Players, Inc.  This non-profit community theater was founded in 1947 and is housed in an old renovated one-room schoolhouse in Amherst Township.  For more information, please visit their website at or call (440) 988-5613.

Sandstone Summer Theatre - Established in 1969, Sandstone Summer Theatre offers a unique community theatre experience for children and adults.  For more information on participating, please visit their website at