Getting to Know Genoa
Genoa is a village dedicated to community and welcomes new residents and visitors with open arms. This small town has the enthusiasm and pride to last till the end of time. Genoa is the perfect place to live and visit if you’re looking for a community that maintains a rural charm but is also balanced with the convenience of being close to major job and shopping centers.
As a part of our Ottawa County It’s All Here campaign, we are excited to help you get to know Genoa and all it has to offer.
Veteran’s Memorial Park is considered one of the most prominent jewels of Genoa. This 30-acre park system is owned and operated by the village, including the Village Administrator and an Advisory Board made up of five dedicated members who work to ensure the park is taken care of. The park is the home to a variety of popular attractions including baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, an in-line skating court, and a swimming facility.
In addition to the many activity-related offerings, the park also has some more relaxing options. There are walking trails, picnic tables, swing sets and horseshoe pits to make the park an excellent space for gathering with friends and family.
Also at Veteran’s Memorial Park is the Genoa Quarry which has been a summertime staple for the village and its visitors. The spring-fed water hole spans nearly a quarter mile around and is 100 feet deep in the deepest parts. The quarry is staffed by certified lifeguards to ensure that swimmers are safe at all times. If you have small children, the quarry offers swim lessons throughout the summer season as well. And, the quarry has plenty of beach area to soak up the sun and hangout with loved ones.
It’s never too early to get excited for the upcoming holiday season! The Genoa Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual holiday parade at the beginning of December each year. The parade starts at Veteran’s Park and ends at the Town Hall where Santa, Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves are waiting. The Genoa High School Marching Band is also known for their festive performances every year. Immediately after the parade, the village gathers together to light the town Christmas tree.
If you’re looking for opportunities for spiritual growth, Genoa is home to many churches. Existing and new congregants are able to choose which affiliation they would like to worship with, with the many churches that are located within the village of Genoa. For a list of the churches in Genoa, click here.
The Genoa Civic Theatre (GCT) was established in 1981 and is currently in its 31st season. GCT is housed on the second floor of Genoa’s Historic Town Hall and serves as a tribute to the village’s civic pride and rich history. The theatre is currently closed due to the pandemic, however during a typical season, the theatre offers three shows.
If you’re interested in volunteering in the future, the theatre is always looking for actors, directors, stagehands, and lighting and sound technicians. Whether you’re looking to take a step back in time or just a night out with family, this is the perfect entertainment option for you.
Community is everything to the residents of Genoa. Every year, The Genoa Area of Commerce and Genoa Merchants Association work together to plan their annual Homecoming Celebration for all to enjoy. The event consists of many fun activities including a beer tent, 5K run, amusement rides and games, garden tractor pull, petting zoo, wine tasting, car show, and more! The event is assigned a new theme each year, this year’s being “Down on the Farm.” The Homecoming Celebration is scheduled for Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31, 2020.
The mission of Genoa Area Local Schools is to educate and empower all students to find their purpose, explore their path, and discover their passion. The district includes Ottawa County residents from Clay Center, Curtice, Genoa, Martin, Millbury, and Williston. The district is made up of about 1,400 students and roughly 150 staff members, all of whom are dedicated to providing Genoa students with a positive experience.
In addition to Genoa’s outstanding general courses and college preparation, Genoa Area High School is affiliated with Penta Career Center, a public vocational high school located nearby in Perrysburg, Ohio.
About Ottawa County It’s All Here
The Business Advisory Counsel of Ottawa County, Ohio is excited to continue our Ottawa County It’s All Here campaign. This campaign focuses on showcasing everything that our region has to offer, with the goal of promoting employment, local businesses, and economic development. The Villages of Ottawa County Campaign is part of this initiative to highlight the places that make our community special. You can learn more by visiting our about page.