Perry’s Victory Memorial Column Tours Resume July 22, 2021

Put-in-Bay, Ohio – The Memorial column at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will reopen to the public on Thursday, July 22 at 10am, after an extended closure.  Superintendent Rowles said, “the staff and volunteers are excited to welcome the public back to the Memorial again. One of the best ways to gain a better understanding of the significance of the Battle of Lake Erie and experience the Memorial is to see the spectacular views of Lake Erie from the Observation Deck.”

The Memorial will be open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm.  The last trip to the observation deck is at 5:30pm. Masks are required for everyone inside the Memorial column, regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions are for children under 2 years old and those with medical conditions that prevent wearing a mask.

The Memorial closed for tours at the end of the 2019 season and with the emergence of COVID-19 remained closed through 2020. The National Park Service (NPS) operational approach to reopening facilities is centered on examining each facility’s function and service to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. Working closely with the NPS Office of Public Health, the park is using CDC guidance to ensure public areas and work-spaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.

Consistent with CDC recommendations, in other areas of the park people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces where 6 foot physical distancing is not possible.

While the cost of the entrance fee to the Memorial has not changed, the method for collecting fees has. Starting this year, to reduce the cost of collection, improve security, and increase the amount of funds available to support critical park projects and visitor needs, the park will only accept credit or debit cards for entrance fees and passes. The entrance fee to the Memorial remains $10 a person which can be used for repeat visits for 7 days. Children 15 and under are admitted free of charge and must be accompanied by an adult.

National Park Service Seeks Comments on Visitor Experience Plan

Nancy Tanner keeps Perry’s Victory beautiful near the empty NPS lot.

Put-in-Bay, Ohio – The National Park Service (NPS) at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (Park) seeks public comments on a draft Visitor Experience Plan (PEPC 77366). This plan considers existing conditions and recommendations in other guiding documents and seeks to better define appropriate visitor experiences in the Peace Garden and around the Visitor Center.

The Visitor Experience Plan defines the design for the empty lot west of the Visitor Center and the street-scape in front of the Visitor Center, extending along the east side of Toledo Avenue from its intersection with Bayview and Delaware Avenues.

This project will enhance visitor experience and way-finding by designing a more formalized Peace Garden to link the town of Put-in-Bay to the park Visitor Center. The Peace Garden will serve as the park’s First Amendment space and create a setting for programs that are more appropriately held off the Memorial grounds. The main elements of the design consist of a central talking circle surrounded by a stone seat wall and native prairie plantings. To welcome visitors is an entrance plaza with park identification sign and a formal walk with rows of street trees along Bayview Avenue that lead directly to the Memorial column. Seat walls provide ample space for people to rest and enjoy the views. Art sculptures will be incorporated into the Peace Garden and engravings in the pavement will include quotes that communicate stories related to peace. Plantings and interpretive signage will be kept low to not obscure views to the Memorial column. Improvements along Toledo Avenue include additional way-finding, plantings that frame views to the Visitor Center and access improvements for pedestrians.

Public comment to support this planning effort is currently open and will be accepted through August 7, 2021. The public can submit comments and find more information about the project at the Park’s website at The NPS will also be accepting written comments by mail at:


Superintendent Barbara Rowles

Attn: PEVI Visitor Experience Plan
P.O. Box 549
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456

The Park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. For more information, visit or call (419) 285-2184.

NPS Accepting Proposals for Perry’s Monument Seawall Restoration Project 

Put-in-Bay, Ohio – The National Park Service (NPS) is soliciting proposals on a full and open basis from all interested businesses having the capability to perform the work described below. The solicitation will be issued electronically on the Government-wide Point of Entry (GPE) website at  Proposal documents will be available for download in Microsoft Word, HTML, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe PDF; Specifications will be available in Adobe PDF format; and drawings will be available in PDF format. Specific instructions on submitting your proposal will be contained in the solicitation documents to be issued on or about April 15, 2021.

Vendors can search for the project solicitation on without registering.  This website has a “watch list” where you can add your company’s interest by registering in  Specific instructions can be found on this website. Registering provides the opportunity to receive notifications; this is a tool of convenience only and does not serve as a guarantee of notification.

For questions about contract solicitation, contact NPS Contracting Officer Bai Perney at bai_perney “at” or 303-987-6766.

The work of this project includes the rehabilitation and replacement of the North and South Seawall, approximately 1,900 feet (ft) and 1,500 ft long, upgrades to the storm-water system, and associated site restoration work. Associated restoration includes the relocation of the following utilities: water, electric, and communications. Work identified to be completed on the seawalls includes the demolition and replacement of the North Seawall – Center section, removal of the top section and raising the elevation of all other wall sections, performing repairs on the existing structures to remain and extending the South Seawall – West section along Delaware Avenue. The sidewalk along the South Seawall will be replaced and a sidewalk will be added alongside the North Seawall. Work to the storm-water system includes adding a packaged pump system, additional catch basins and pipes will be installed, flap gates will be added to the outlets on the seawall and the site will be regraded in specific locations to facilitate water flow to the drainage utilities.

Superintendent Rowles said, “We are excited for the contract solicitation to be open for proposals leading to an award and the start of the construction phase of this project later this summer. This is an important step forward to protecting the park and providing access for visitors enjoyment.”

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