The Village of New Bremen began a full time Parks Department in 2001, to provide an increased focus on this important Quality of Life issue. The Department provides for recreation activities and maintenance and repair of the ball fields, ground cover, trees, plantings, playground equipment, and the Public Pool. Numerous recreational and community events are held throughout the year and the schedule of events can be found on www.newbremen.com as they are announced. There are four parks within the village, of which two are full service with shelter houses, picnic tables and restrooms.
Bremenfest Park is located in the northeast part of the Village and was established in 1980 by the Bremenfest organization, which was founded in order to improve parks and recreation opportunities in New Bremen. This full service park features four well maintained baseball diamonds, playground equipment, and two shelter houses - one with a kitchen and both with restrooms that have flush toilets. Bremenfest Park is also the location of the community pool, which was built in 1999.
Lock One Park is the very prominent area between the main intersection in town (State Routes 66 and 274). The Public Library is to the south, and directly west of the Public Library is Lock One North of the Miami & Erie Canal. Lock One was at the summit of the Nineteenth Century canal system, and from here the canal system stepped down to the Maumee River near Toledo. In Lock One Park is a beautifully landscaped area of paver bricks and the Watershed Fountain where the water from a small fountain divides: part of the water flows to the south and ultimately to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and the other part flows north, ultimately to Lake Erie and the Great Lakes.
An exceptional facility is the Crown Pavilion located on South Street west of the Miami & Erie Canal. This structure was moved from Indian Lake and reconstructed in 2003. It was originally built about 1910 and was later enclosed and used as a roller rink. Due to its large 100' diameter it is suitable for concerts, weddings, pumpkin weigh-offs and all sorts of events. Due to the types of events with larger crowds hosted at the Crown Pavilion, there are no picnic tables. Restrooms are available at the nearby Jaycees Park. The Crown Pavilion is dedicated by Jim and Eileen Dicke to the Past, Present and Future Employees of Crown Equipment Corporation.
Southeast of the Crown Pavilion is the Jaycees Park, also established in the 1970's. This is a full service park, also home to the Annual Fireman's Picnic on the fourth Saturday of July.
The Miami and Erie Trail, a linear park, extends from Lock One south along the Canal to the south corporation limits of the Village. The Trail is built upon the towpath of the historic canal, which is on the west side of the canal the entire way through the Village. For walking and jogging, the Trail is a wonderful asset to the community. The Trail, part of the Heritage Trail System, continues for two miles towards Minster. South of Amsterdam Road there is a pedestrian bridge and a walking path that branches to the east to the YMCA.
The Village also maintains the St. Paul's Baseball Diamond at the corner of North Herman and First Street during the summer baseball season. .
The parks department is staffed by 1 full-time employee and 2 seasonal employees, a recreation manager during the baseball season, and seasonal lifeguards and other staff during the summer. For more information about the Pool, click here.
The Parks Department is based at 304 South Herman St.
Mike Hibner, Superintendent
To print the rental agreement and the village park rules & regulations, click here.