CITY OF MENTOR-ON-THE-LAKE
As cities go, Mentor-on-the-Lake is a young community. We need reach back in time
only to the early 1920's to find that it was still a township with Mentor. As its
population grew, 33 voters petitioned the township trustees to create its own village
government, which began on October 22, 1924. The 1970 United States Census
registered Mentor-on-the-Lake above 5000 residents, and so it was able to be
incorporated as a city on February 12, 1971.
The City of Mentor-on-the-Lake is 1.6 square miles in area, with 99% of the land
already developed. Today, there are approximately 7 acres of land left for new
business and office use. There are at present 2,600 single family homes and 700
apartments and condominiums. Mentor-on-the-Lake has no industry; however, there
is one large private utility, Aqua Ohio (formerly Consumers Ohio Water Company),
operating within the city's limits.
It is interesting to note that one official reference book still describes Mentor-on-the-
Lake as a tourist resort known for its tree nurseries. It can no longer be referred to
as a "tourist resort". It is a small (2000 U.S. Census population of 8,127) bedroom
community with amenities often reserved for cities much larger. Located close to
major highways and Interstate 90, it’s an easy commute to downtown Cleveland.
However, almost everything you need can be found right in town.
There are four parks, approximately 100 businesses including an 80,000 square foot
grocery store, several banks, major fast food restaurants as well as small family run
eateries. Having just celebrated its thirtieth anniversary as a city, Mentor-on-the-
Lake has a well established Police and Fire Department and local government which
consists of seven at-large council members and a Mayor.
Summer activities are spread throughout the four parks in the city. Mentor Beach
Park and Overlook Beach Park are located right on Lake Erie and offer beautiful
views of northeast Ohio's spectacular sunsets. John R. McMinn Memorial Park,
named for a former Recreation Board member, fills ten acres of land and offers three
baseball fields, a soccer field, a small basketball court and playground equipment.
Andrews Road Park, adjacent to City Hall, includes two baseball fields and two
tennis courts. The City's largest annual event is its Labor Day Parade, one of the
largest in Lake County, with many auxiliary events as well.
Students in the city attend schools in the Mentor School District. Lake Elementary is
the only school located within the city. Students and adults alike, currently use the
Mentor Library Branch just down the street from City Hall. This brand new library
building was completed in 1998 and is located at the corner of Andrews and Salida