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, a stage with
backdrops, power, and a storage facility added. Holding about 750 people, it is the only permanent venue for free open air
concerts in this area.
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. Your Park Board sponsors these annual
concerts. See below and the Calendar tab for details.
Designed and maintained by the Ottawa - Jermain Park Advisory Board Toledo OH © 2019
In 2014, we received a NatureWorks grant to start restoring the amphitheater (1st phase drainage rebuild). An application for
the 2nd phase was submitted in May, 2019. In June 2019 we received a Toledo District Improvement grant to pave the gravel walkway
and add an entry arch. In July we received an Ohio Arts Council ArtSTART grant to add two concerts in Sept. 2019 and 2 more in June
2020. All part of the Board's 5 year comprehensive plan.
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
Aug 24 The 25's (Classic 80's Rock)
Aug 31 The Cheeks (Rhythm & Blues / Classic Rock)
14 Nu-Tones (British Invasion) (5 PM - 7 PM)
Sept 21 MASFiNA (mix of styles)
(5 PM - 7 PM)
July 27 Boffo (Classic Rock)
Aug 3 The Good, The Bad
& The Blues (Blues)
Aug 10 DeZire (MoTown)
Aug 17 CANCELLED
Expanded 2019 Concert Series - All Free (6 PM - 8 PM except as noted)