National Park Service Approves Perry’s Victory Seawall Restoration

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Put-in-Bay, Ohio – The National Park Service has approved a project that will repair and replace the north and south side concrete seawalls at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (PEVI).  Years of wave action, ice loading and geological processes have deteriorated and undermined the two seawalls resulting in the creation of sink holes and other unsafe conditions. Both seawalls are also functionally necessary to protect the cultural resources of the park due to the proximity of Lake Erie and the relatively low elevation of the park.

“We are grateful for the tremendous community support and involvement in this process, as well as the support from other federal, state, and local agencies in completing this important step. We look forward to the start of this project to restore the north and south seawalls later this spring,” Superintendent Barbara Rowles said.

The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project examined two alternatives in detail, addressed the environmental impacts of each alternative, and identified a preferred alternative. The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) explains why the selected alternative will have no significant effects on the human environment, and is based on the EA, comments received from the public, interested parties, other federal, state and local agencies, as well as staff during the public review period which concluded December 31, 2020. The FONSI summarizes the public comments received, lists the responses to those comments, and identifies the changes to the text in the EA as a result of comments received.

Together the FONSI, the EA and the response to public comments represent the NPS’s approved action to restore the seawalls and to preserve and protect the site’s properties and cultural resources associated with Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Project documents are available online at



National Park Service Announces Virtual Open House for Seawall Restoration Review and Comments

Perry's MonumentPut-in-Bay, Ohio—The National Park Service (NPS) announces the availability of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Restore North and South Seawalls at Perry’s Victory to Safeguard Site Project for public and regulatory review. The harsh marine environment has deteriorated and undermined the two seawalls resulting in unsafe conditions in the Park. The seawalls are necessary to protect the cultural resources of the Park due to the proximity of the Memorial to the shorelines of Lake Erie and the relatively low elevation of the Park.

The EA has been prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 USC 4321 et seq.) and evaluates the potential impacts of the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative. The Proposed Action would restore and extend the seawalls, improve storm water management, protect cultural resources, and enhance the visitor experience at the Park.

Additionally, the EA identifies and considers the potential effects of the Proposed Action on historic properties, as required under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (36 CFR 800). NPS has one historic property—the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial—within the 25-acre Park. The historic property has three resources and six historic view sheds, all of which contribute to the historic property. NPS has determined the Proposed Action will have No Adverse Effects on the historic property.  

NPS will be hosting a virtual open house to provide the opportunity for the public to learn more about the proposed project and the EA, provide input on historic properties of the Memorial, ask questions, and share comments. The open house will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. A presentation will be held at the beginning of the meeting. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions an in-person meeting is not planned at this time.

The open house will be held as follows:

December 17, 2020
10 AM to 11 AM EST

Link to the Public Open House:

Call-in Number to Public Open House:

+1 469-214-8538,,204026749#

Phone Conference ID: 204 026 749#

The EA will be available for public review and comment for a period of 30 days from November 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Hard copies of the EA will be available at the PEVI visitor center and the Erie Islands Library. Please go to to view the EA and comment electronically. You are also welcome to mail comment directly to:

Office of the Superintendent
Barbara Rowles
P.O. Box 549
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456

Battle of Lake Erie Remembered

Perry's ships

Perry’s Victory Visitor Center

Battle of Lake Erie 207th Commemoration includes the following events for Historical Weekend:

Raising of the flags on 12 September 2020


Procession to Plazas from Visitor Center for a brief wreath laying ceremony

Small Arms Demonstration

Artillery Demonstration

Combined Artillery and Small Arms Demonstrations

Carronade and Small Arms Demonstration

Historic Encampment with cooking, trade demonstrations and other displays