Service & Maintenance Department
Sackett Cemetery is a perpetual care facility owned and maintained by Danbury Township. It is for the use of Township residents. The Township Fiscal Officer or Service Supervisor can provide you with details on lot costs and burial fees. Please call (419) 734-4091 for more information.
Recycling service is located at 419 S. Bridge Road (SR 269 South) which is also the site of the Police Station. Bins are available available 7 days a week from dawn until dusk and are marked with a list of acceptable items.
Newer recycling containers and more frequent pick-ups are now available. Residents pulling in the drive will see containers on the immediate right. This service is available 7 days a week during daylight hours and is only for residential use, not for businesses. The only accepted items are glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel cans, plastics stamped #1 and #2 and plastic containers stamped #3 through #7, flattened cardboard boxes and cartons (including juice and soy milk cartons), junk mail, office paper, phone books, magazines and newspapers including inserts. Bottles, jars, cans and cartons must be rinsed and the lids need to be removed. All containers that hold liquid must be emptied.
Ottawa, Seneca & Sandusky County (OSS) Joint Solid Waste District also offer special recycling events. Please check the "Current News" section of our website for upcoming events.
For other recycling options in Ottawa County, please click here or contact Ottawa, Seneca & Sandusky County (OSS) Joint Solid Waste District at (419) 334-7222
Additional information can also be found at recycleoss.org/danbury
In 2018 the Danbury Township Board of Trustees were awarded a grant for $4,900 from the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste District to replace asphalt with concrete for the newer, small portion of the township recycling area. The asphalt was being undermined by the weight of the recycling trucks. The larger section of the recycling area was replaced with concrete during 2017. The township contributed the labor for site preparation along with an additional $2,230 to complete the project which was finished in summer 2019.
Brush Drop Off Site
The brush drop off site is located at 310 S. Bridge Road (SR 269) across the street from the Police Station behind the dog park. It is open from dawn until dusk, typically from April to November. Official open and close dates will be listed under the "Current News" on the homepage. Contractors are not permitted to use this service.
Rules & Regulations
• No stumps or root balls, (we are only able to process limbs and branches)
• No grass clippings or lumber, and
• Please do not leave bags
** Leaf drop-off will be permitted during April and May. You must use Biodegradable bags or bring loose leaves. Please do not leave any other type of leaf bags.
Available at the the brush drop off site is free mulch for residents. Residents are welcome to come fill their trucks or trailers on their own. Each spring/summer, a listing of dates that the Service & Maintenance Department crew will be available to assist residents to help load up is provided here. Contractors are not permitted to use this service.
Mulch 2022 distribution dates as follows: We can load your vehicle for you, while supplies last, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Mondays beginning April 4 until and including October 3 (but not on any legal holidays) and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, April 9 & 23 and May 7 & 21. We also load vehicles by appointment. Call (419) 734-4091
2023 Clean-Up's: June 20-24 and September 19-23
This is for residents only, not contractors.
Rules & Regulations that remain the same:
- No tires
- No brush
- No oil
- No paint
- No batteries
- No boats or vehicles
- No propane tanks
NEW Rules & Regulations:
- Employees will assist with loads up to 80 pounds. If able, you are expected to help unload your vehicle.
- No loose building materials (shingles, drywall, insulation). These items must be boxed or bagged.
- No metal scrapping - strictly prohibited.
- No commercial loads.
- Maintenance Staff has the right to refuse any load.
For 2023 Countywide Recycling Events, please look at the "Current News" section of our website. Additional information can also be found at recycleoss.org/danbury
Danbury Township has two shelter houses and two meeting rooms available for public use in accordance with the conditions stated below. Reservations are required for all facilities with the exception being the two shelter houses which are available at any time provided they are not previously reserved. Commercial use at any of these facilities is prohibited. Groups may not assign or transfer facility reservations to other groups. In all instances, the Danbury Township Board of Trustees has final authority over the use of any township facility for any reason.
Township Hall Shelter House
Behind Township Hall you will find a full complement of soccer and softball fields, a shelter house with grill, picnic tables, water fountain and playground equipment. These facilities are free to residents and perfect for family reunions, graduations parties or birthday parties. Danbury Township residents may reserve the shelter house. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis and the date is not officially reserved until a complete reservation form has been turned in. Once a reservation has been made, the party will have the shelter house reserved for them the entire day. We do not reserve more than one event per day. Attendees are asked to clean up after themselves and wrap up all activities by dusk.
There may be instances where baseball, softball or soccer games are scheduled in advance thru the various Danbury Recreation Leagues or School District, but the shelter house would still be available. Please understand that if athletic events are in progress, parking may be limited.
Lake Point Park Shelter House
This facility is located on State Route 163 at Lake Point Park in the Village of Marblehead approximately one-quarter mile south of the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park. The park is located on a quarry pond and features charcoal grills, picnic tables, views of Lake Erie, seasonal restrooms, public fishing in Lake Erie and the quarry pond, a covered bridge and children's playground. There is no electric at this shelter house. It is open to the public for picnic and event uses at no charge. Alcohol is not permitted unless the shelter house is reserved and appropriate insurance and permits are provided to the Assistant Fiscal Officer at the time of reservation. A signed liability waiver by the reserving group's representative is also required. This shelter house may be reserved at a cost $300 per day. Reservations only include the shelter house. The balance of the park will remain open to the public. Attendees are asked to clean up after themselves and wrap up all activities by dusk.
Township Hall Meeting Room
The lower meeting at Danbury Township Hall is located at 5972 Port Clinton Eastern Road. The building has an ADA entrance and ADA restrooms. This room may be used for the following purposes: local homeowner association meetings, state and local boards and local non-profit organizations. Parties, weddings and the like are not permitted for this room. In the event that two organizations are interested in the meeting room on the same day, we will do our best to accommodate one group for a morning meeting and the other for afternoon, unless a specific request has been made for the whole day. Meetings that include children under the age of 18 are permitted. Aside from the above-mentioned groups, the trustees have final authority for approving other requests for the use of this room. This room is not permitted to be used for social events. No alcohol is permitted on the premises. Reservations are required for use of this room. There is no charge to reserve. A signed liability waiver by the reserving group's representative is also required.
Fire Station Community Room
The Danbury Township Fire Station located at 7870 East Harbor Road (SR 163) is a working fire station. It is probable that fire and EMS calls will occur while the meeting room is being used. Therefore, the Danbury Township Board of Trustees have made the determination that requests for use of this meeting will be shifted first to the Township Hall Meeting Room. Should the hall meeting room be unavailable, the fire station meeting room, if available, may be used for the following purposes: local homeowner association meetings, state and local boards and local non-profit organizations. Parties, weddings and the like are not permitted for this room. The trustees have further determined that groups which have regular meetings that include children under the age of 18 may not use the fire station meeting room due to the danger involved with active fire and EMS vehicles. Aside from the above-mentioned groups, the trustees have final authority for approving other requests for the use of this room. This room is not permitted to be used for social events. No alcohol is permitted on the premises. Reservations are required for use of this room. There is no charge to reserve. A signed liability waiver by the reserving group's representative is also required.
Making a Reservation
To check availability of the facilities, please contact the Assistant Fiscal Officer who coordinates the reservation calendar and can be reached at (419) 732-3039 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations are on a first come, first serve bases and the date is not officially reserved until a complete reservation form has been turned in. We would ask that you please notify us if your event gets cancelled so we can make the date available to others who may be interested.
For more information on any of the parks, try clicking on the name for their website links.
Located adjacent to the Keeper's House (Wolcott House) on Bayshore Road. Amenities: Scenic bridge, historic monument, picnic tables.
Bark until Dark - Dog Park - 310 S. Bridge Road (SR 269 South) across from Police Station. Park Hours: 8 a.m. to Sunset
- Aggressive and/or unfriendly dogs are prohibited. Your dog must be able to play with other dogs.
- Dogs younger than 4 months old are not permitted in the off-leash area.
- Children under the age of 12 are not permitted in the off-leash area. Children aged 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult. Dog handlers must be at least 18 years of age.
- Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the park.
- Enter through the double-gate entry. Unleash your dog in the holding area first, then open the inside gate to the leash-free area. Keep all gates closed except when entering or leaving. Remove pinch or choke collars in the off-leash area. Keep the leash in your hand at all times.
- Dogs must be closely supervised and within sight and voice control of their handler at all times. No more than 2 dogs per handler are permitted. Never leave your dog unattended.
- Users of this park do so at their own risk. Owners are responsible for damage or injury inflicted by their dog(s). Danbury Township shall not be liable for any injury or damage caused by any dog in this park.
- Female dogs in heat are not permitted in the off-leash area.
- All dogs need to be current on vaccinations and licenses. Proof of current rabies vaccination and license is required upon request of police or animal control officers. Tags may serve as proof.
- Do not bring a dog with contagious conditions or illnesses to the park.
- NO food or dog treats in the off-leash area. NO glass containers in the off-leash area. NO smoking in the off-leash area.
- Owners are required to pick up their dog’s waste and deposit it in the containers provided.
- Leash up and leave if your dog is having a bad day.
- Fill any holes your dog digs.
- Act responsibly! Failure to follow park rules may result in a loss of privileges or you may be ticketed.
East Harbor State Park
Located on State Route 269 north (N. Buck Road) just north of State Route 163 (East Harbor Road). Amenities: Camping, large public beach, nature trails, picnic benches, shelter house, restrooms, swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, sledding, ice skating, cross country skiing. (419) 734-9337 or (419) 734-5857. The East Harbor State Park Public Marina is located approximately one mile north of the main park and offers boat launches, fuel, boat slips, public restrooms and a ship's store (419) 734-2289.
Great Egret Marsh Preserve
Located in the heart of the East, Middle, and West Harbors System of Lakeside-Marblehead, open year round, dawn to dusk.
The 150-acre Great Egret Marsh Preserve boasts classic Lake Erie marshland, blanketed each summer with water lotus and teaming with wildlife. The preserve is a haven for waterfowl and wading birds—including great egrets, which can congregate there in abundance.These large, wading birds native to this part of Lake Erie can often be found feeding in the area’s shallow waters. Visitors to the preserve will find opportunities for bird-watching, fishing, hiking, kayaking/canoeing and volunteering. The easy to navigate trail is a 1.2-mile loop with interpretive signage and a portion of the trail is wheelchair accessible.
From S.R. 2, take S.R. 269 North exit. After 2.5 miles, turn right onto S.R. 163 (E. Harbor Road). Next light approximately 1/2 mile, turn left onto S.R. 269 North (N. Buck Road). 3/4-mile, turn left onto Buck Road 139A. Go 500 feet and the entrance to the preserve will be on your right. Click here for a map.
Keeper's House (Wolcott House) Keeper's House (Wolcott House)
Located at 9999 E. Bayshore Road approximately one-half mile west of the entrance to the access road for the Johnson's Island Causeway. Built in the 1800's as the home of Benajah and Rachel Wolcott, both of whom were lighthouse keepers. The house is open for tours periodically from May to October, for special events, and during the annual Autumn Lighthouse Festival in October. An interpretive sign and historic marker on the grounds provides a detailed history of this unique "federal style" residence.
Lake Point Park
Located at 11257 E. Bayshore Road just south of the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park. Amenities: Picnic tables, shelter house, grills, restrooms, quarry pond, scenic woods, lake access, fishing, children’s playground and covered footbridge.
Lakeside Chautauqua on Lake Erie
Main entrance located just off Erie Beach Road (north of State Route 163). Detailed information on this Chautauqua style resort can be found on www.lakesideohio.com. Gate fees are charged from mid-June until Labor Day.
Lakeside Daisy State Park
Located on Alexander Pike just south of Main Street (State Route 163) in the Village of Marblehead. This land was donated to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources by LaFarge Corporation. It is the site of the largest concentration of the rare Lakeside Daisy. The park is open only during May while the flower is in bloom. Access during other months is by permit only.
Marblehead Lighthouse State Park
Located 110 Lighthouse Drive (off of State Route 163) next to St. Mary's Byzantine Church. Amenities: Picnic tables, park area, shore fishing, restrooms, museum. The oldest continuously working light on the Great Lakes. Built in 1821 and now operated by the State of Ohio. Call East Harbor State Park at (419) 734-4424 for more information. The Lighthouse is open for guided tours beginning the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend until the Monday of Labor Day weekend from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. seven days per week. All tickets are sold on a first-come first-served basis only at the park on the day of your visit. Many days the tickets sell out early, so don’t wait until the last minute to purchase tickets. The last ticketed time slot each day is 3:40 p.m. There is a $3 charge (cash only) for anyone age 6 and over to climb the lighthouse. The on-site museums are free.
In 2022, the Marblehead Lighthouse will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the lighting of the lighthouse. There will be special events all summer long. Check the event calendar at https://www.marbleheadlighthouseohio.org/200th or check the events posted on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/marbleheadlighthouse/events. We are expecting larger crowds this summer as people join us for our celebration, so plan accordingly for parking and ticket sales. Come early so you can enjoy all that is happening this summer.
Museum at the Marblehead Lighthouse State Park
The Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society operates a museum in the Keeper's House at the Lighhouse State Park. This two story frame house was built in 1880 to house the lighthouse keeper in four rooms on the first floor and an assistant keeper in four rooms upstairs. An original keeper's house of native stone was built in 1822 and razed in 1880. The museum is dedicated to preserve the history of the Village of Marblehead and its historic lighthouse built in 1821. Marblehead Light is the oldest light in continuous operation on the Great Lakes. It is said to be the most visited, photographed, and painted structure in the State of Ohio. The museum has registered over 30,000 visitors annually since opening in 2000. The Society was founded in 1998. The museum is open the same hours as the Lighthouse.
Memberships to the Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, are $15 for individuals or for a family. Two levels of business memberships are also available. See the website for more details. Applications may be sent to Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society at P.O. Box 144, Marblehead, OH 43440 or purchased online at https://www.marbleheadlighthouseohio.org/membe .
Located at 8577 E. Bayshore Road one-half mile west of Dempsey Access. Amenities: Park benches, observation deck, paved biking/walking trails, grass and mulched walking trails along the prairie and in the forest. Scenic views of wetland marsh. Click here for a map of the walking trails.
In 2000 the Township Trustees made an unprecedented purchase of thirty-three acres of forest and brook area. Township residents Tim Nash and his late wife, Sylvia, graciously offered this property known as Meadowbrook to the Township at well-below market value. This natural preserve area is home to gulls, heron, geese, ducks, eagles, falcons and hawks, migrating waterfowl and songbirds, an assortment of water life and a variety of wildlife.
In December 2001, the Township secured a matching fifty-percent grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to purchase the wetland area of Meadowbrook that is adjacent to the current property. The Department of Natural Resources, The Ottawa County Soil and Water Conservation District and Pheasants Forever extended their full support of this acquisition. Funding for the prior parcel as well as the fifty-percent match for the wetland area was accomplished with the use of estate tax dollars.
In May 2007, the Trustees were awarded $221,787 from the Ohio Public Works Commission to purchase an additional forty-six acres of Meadowbrook property. Danbury Township provided a 45% match of $181,462 from estate tax dollars. With the Township's Meadowbrook holdings now reaching nearly 110 acres, a citizen team was gathered to create goals for developing approximately seventy-nine non-wetland acres into an accessible public park. The Trustees hired The Collaborative, Inc., a park-planning consulting firm, to assist with this project. Hiking and biking trails along with low-density recreational uses that could be enjoyed by the physically challenged were planned. This project has focused on protection of native plant species and wildlife while allowing the public to enjoy the pristine, natural atmosphere of Meadowbrook Marsh. The Board of Trustees is extremely proud to have made these three acquisitions with no expense whatsoever to the taxpayers.
During 2008 the Trustees were awarded three additional grants from ODNR for Meadowbrook. A $50,000 grant from the Office of Coastal Management, in conjunction with support by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was awarded for a 1,121-foot paved multi-use trail and eighty-foot-long pondside observation deck. $40,000 was awarded by Natureworks for a three-acre land acquisition and an additional $40,000 was awarded by Land and Water Conservation for construction of a 1,676-foot paved multi-use looped trail. Township matches for these three grants varied from twenty-five to slightly more than fifty percent. Also during 2008, the Ottawa County Community Foundation awarded the trustees a $1,500 grant which was used to purchase park benches. Natureworks also permitted part of their grant funding to encompass paving two ADA accessible parking spaces and a connecting paved ADA trail to meet up with the existing ADA trails. In 2010 the Clean Ohio Trails Fund (COTF) awarded $126,343 for 4,000 additional feet of ADA accessible paved trails in conjunction with a grant from the Recreational Trails Program in the amount of $43,317 to complete the project.
In January 2013, the Black Swamp Conservancy was able to obtain an additional eighty acres for Meadowbrook through a mitigation project. In turn, the township granted the Conservancy a conservation easement while still retaining ownership of the park. This partnership has been extremely rewarding and the size of the park now encompasses 198 acres. A substantial portion of the park is purposely inaccessible due to protected wetlands, nesting areas and natural marsh. Meadowbrook is now a designated State birding site and prime location to observe the spring warbler migration.
Two ADA-compliant paved parking spots are available with an access aisle at the main trailhead. Seasonal wheelchair-accessible bathrooms are adjacent to the main trailhead. An approximate one-mile loop circles the park and consists of eight-foot-wide asphalt trails and a twelve-foot-wide boardwalk in the canopied interior wetland sector. The paved trails are mostly flat with two areas that have a slight grade, both of which can easily be avoided by using shorter-length parallel paved trails. The eighty-foot-long observation deck provides excellent views of two eagle nests, a lengthy tree line where Bald Eagles perch for extended periods of time and an expansive view of the main marsh. The deck has a ramp and permanent benches. There are five other benches on the edge of the trails throughout the park plus two on grassy ridges.
For the past few years two Bald Eagle pairs have successfully nested on both the west and north shore of the large marsh. Great Blue Herons nest in the inaccessible phragmite islands near the eagles’ nests. A Great Horned Owl has sporadically produced one to two owlets. A Cooper’s Hawk nest is near the main entrance where the pair is seen frequently. With rare exception, nearly every migratory songbird, warbler and waterfowl that visits Northwest Ohio can be seen at Meadowbrook Marsh. There are times during spring migration when the number and diversity of warblers at Meadowbrook Marsh can rival that of any of the more well-known birding hotspots in the area. Meadowbrook Marsh is Site Number 57 on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.
Designed for remembrance and reflection, Rainbow Ridge at Meadowbrook Marsh was dedicated by the township trustees in late November 2020. On Thanksgiving Eve 2019 a devastating fire occurred at African Safari Wildlife Park, a few miles to the west. Ten animals perished and a huge structural loss was incurred. The community came together to raise 100% of the funds for this memorial site which is located a short distance from the lower parking area.
Meadowbrook’s paved trails and intersecting grass and mulched trails are open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk. The Township does not permit hunting, motorized vehicles or horses in the preserve. Dogs must be kept leashed at all times.
Located off Huron Trail (Next to 10011 Huron Trail) approximately one-half mile behind the Keeper's House (Wolcott House). This is the burial site of Benajah Wolcott and others. There is a small sign tucked in a tree line and a gravel lane leading back to the cemetery. The trail is narrow and bears to the right. Parking is available just behind the residential homes and walking back to the cemetery is encouraged due to limited maneuverability at the cemetery location for vehicles.