Splash Park NEWS!

The Defiance Splash Park Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting will take place on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.! 

Come and enjoy the celebration!


Mastic Surface Treatment Street Schedule

Mastic Surface Treatment Schedule of Streets:
Starting Thursday, June 21, 2018, certain streets will be sealed with a mastic surface treatment and will be weather dependent.
Check Street Schedule

Splash Park Progress!

It’s coming along!  We can’t wait until it opens!!



Mosquito Spraying

Mosquito spraying will start the week of June 18, 2018.

City Received commendation

City received commendation

Defiance city director of service Rob Cereghin (left) looks over a commendation received by the municipal government from the Ohio General Assembly with Ohio 82nd House District Rep. Craig Riedel of Defiance (center) and Mayor Mike McCann. The commendation recognizes the city for its Tree City USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation. Among other things, the commendation states that the General Assembly recognizes “the City of Defiance for its invaluable contributions to the preservation of our natural environment and for the effective management of its public tree resources. Through their hard work and enthusiasm, the citizens of Defiance have demonstrated unparalleled spirit of cooperation and civic pride, making the community a showplace of beauty… .”

Kingsbury Pool Opening Date: June 2, 2018

KINGSBURY Pool OPENS Saturday, June 2, 2018


Big Pool and Baby Pool (Weather Permitting):
• Monday through Friday: 12:00 pm – 8:45 pm
• Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Special Toddler Hours for the Baby Pool only (Weather Permitting):
• The Baby Pool is open from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Monday through Friday) for parents with children five (5) years of age and under who don’t want to use the pool during regular pool hours.


• Daily admission is $3.00 per person (adult or child) to the big pool.
• The Baby Pool is free for children five (5) years of age and under with an adult. Diapers are not allowed in the pool (swimmies must be worn).

SEASON POOL PASSES: available at City Hall, Parks & Recreation Office, 631 Perry Street
• Individual Passes: $60.00
• Family Passes: $120.00 (up to four (4) persons only for the immediate family)
NOTE: Additional family members may be added to the pass for $10.00 per person (up to 8 maximum).
• A special discount price on Family Passes is available during the month of May for $100, for a family of four (4).

Find more details on admission and days and times.

2018 Community Events and City Dates

2018 Community Events and City Dates:

  • JULY 2018

Tuesday, July 3, 2018:  Fireworks Celebration at Diehl Park – organized by DDVB Click for Fireworks Details
Wednesday, July 4, 2018:  City of Defiance Offices Closed for 4th of July Holiday
Wednesday, July 4, 2018: at 10:00 a.m.   Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Splash Park 
Thursday, July 12, 2018:  Music in the Park series at Riverside Park organized by DCCC
Saturday, July 14, 2018:  Confluence Clean-Up Day Click for Confluence Clean-Up Details
Saturday, July 14, 2018:  The Defiance Dream Center is lining up projects for its Serve Day from 9 am-1 pm. If you have a need or project (home repairs, food delivery, etc), please contact Abby at 419-789-4122 ext 721.
Tuesday-Friday, July 17-20, 2018:  Summer Manufacturing Camp for Grades 6-8 – Deadline to Register June 1, 2018 Flyer, Registration Form & Emergency Medical Authorization Form, OR Be a Volunteer!
Friday-Sunday, July 20-22, 2018:  Flags of Honor held at the Defiance Elks, 1760 Jefferson Avenue ~ Opening Ceremony: Saturday at 10:00 am  ~Closing Ceremony: Sunday at 2:00 pm

  • AUGUST 2018

Thursday, August 2, 2018:  Music in the Park series at UAW Park organized by DCCC
Saturday, August 11, 2018:  Confluence Clean-Up Day Click for Confluence Clean-Up Details
Saturday, August 25, 2018:  Maumee Valley Car Club Car Show organized by Maumee Valley Car Club with the DDVB
Click for Car Show Details

  • SEPTEMBER 2018

Monday, September 3, 2018:  City of Defiance Offices Closed for Labor Day Holiday
Saturday, September 29, 2018:  Rockin’ the Rivers Music & Rib Fest – organized by DDVB   Click for Rib Fest Details

  • OCTOBER 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018:  City of Defiance Offices Closed for Columbus Day Holiday
Thursday, October 25, 2018:  Trick or Treat Night in Defiance
Saturday, October 27, 2018:  Halloween Parade

  • NOVEMBER 2018

Thursday, November 23-24, 2018:  City of Defiance Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

  • DECEMBER 2018

December 2018 (date TBD):  Santa’s Arrival – organized by DDVB
Monday-Tuesday, December 24-25, 2018:  City of Defiance Offices Closed for Christmas Eve/Day
Monday-Tuesday, December 31, 2018-January 1, 2019:  City of Defiance Offices Closed for New Year’s Eve/Day

Defiance Development & Visitors Bureau (DDVB): Visit the DDVB for more information
Defiance Community Cultural Council (DCCC): Visit the DCCC for more information
Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce: Chamber of Commerce Event Calendar

  • TBD 2019
  • JANUARY 2019

Tuesday, January 1, 2019: City of Defiance Offices Closed for New Year’s Day

  • FEBRUARY 2019

TBD February , 2019: Mayor McCann’s 2019 State of the City Address
Monday, February 18, 2019: City of Defiance Offices Closed for Presidents’ Day Holiday

  • MARCH 2019

TBD:  Community Easter Egg Hunt at Triangle Park – organized by DDVB
TDB:  City of Defiance Compost Site Opens – 26273 State Route 281 East (Water Pollution Control)

  • APRIL 2019

TBD: Town & Gown Series – 7:00 p.m. Defiance College Schomburg Auditorium
organized by Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum      Click for Town & Gown Series Details
TBD:  Clean Up Your Park Day – 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. – organized by City Park Board, Parks Division
TBD: Defiance College McMaster Symposium (The Public is welcome)
TBD:  Downtown Chocolate Walk 4:00-7:30 p.m.– organized by DDVB
Friday, April 19, 2019:  City of Defiance Offices Closed for Good Friday
TBD:  Spring Clean-Up Disposal (Defiance City residents only-must show Photo I.D. and current utility bill)
TBD:  Earth Day Observed
TBD: Arbor Day ~ In honor of Arbor Day, we will be planting a tree at Kingsbury Park

  • MAY 2019

TBD: Defiance Day of Prayer 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Defiance Eagles an annual non-denominational event
Friday, May 10, 2019: City of Defiance 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Saturday, May 11, 2019:  Lilac Festival and Street Fair – organized by DDVB   
Monday, May 27, 2019: Memorial Day Program at Riverside Cemetery Veterans’ Section at 10:00 a.m.
Monday, May 27, 2019: City of Defiance Offices Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

  • JUNE 2019

Saturday, June TBD:  Kingsbury Pool Opens Click here for Hours and Admission Costs
Thursday, June TBD:  Music in the Park series at Veterans Memorial Park organized by DCCC
Saturday, June TBD:  Confluence Clean-Up Day Click for Confluence Clean-Up Details
Saturday, June TBD:  Music in the Park series at Kingsbury Park – Jazz Festival organized by DCCC
Monday, June TBD:  Mosquito spraying begins this week.
Friday-Saturday, June TBD:  River Fest at Pontiac Park, Kingsbury Park, East River Drive ~ Click here for the River Fest Flyer– organized by DDVB
Saturday, June TBD:  Buckeye Trail Hike – 10:00 a.m. Meet at the Precision Way parking lot by the Reservoir, hike through town, stop at the Fort Grounds, ending at Pontiac Park. Sponsored by the Buckeye Trail Association


During the summer of 2018 (estimated July), the City of Defiance and Werlor Waste Control will be distributing one FREE OF CHARGE, 95 gallon “Mighty-Tidy” container (the default size) per residence for all residential customers in the City to accommodate the latest technology in automated trash collection.

NOTE: If you do not need the largest 95 gallon container, you may choose one of the other two smaller (65 gallon or 35 gallon) containers, BUT you will need to inform the City Utility Billing Office at 631 Perry Street by March 1, 2018 of your smaller choice container size. Sample sizes are displayed at 631 Perry Street. Please provide your name and service address and the size of the smaller container you prefer.

Informational flyers on the Mighty-Tidy container options were mailed to each residential customer in January and February 2018. You may use that form to make your change to a smaller container or contact the City Utility Billing Office at 419-782-1946.



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Residents are required to keep walks adjacent to their property clear of snow and ice.
City Ordinance requires all walks to be cleared within 24 hours after a snowfall.

When plowing is required in the central business district, the Mayor will declare a
parking ban on downtown streets until all snow on the streets has been cleared.
The snow will be hauled from the downtown area.

We currently use a liquid material to prevent ice build-up when the forecast allows.
We use approximately 600 to 700 ton of salt per year and 3000 gallon of liquid.
It takes approximately 12 hours to plow all residential streets,
5 hours to plow the downtown area and its parking lots,
and another 12 hours to haul the snow away.

Mailboxes hit with snow off of the plows are not the responsibility of the City.
However, if a plow itself hits one, please call right away so it can be determined what happened.

Santa Visits & NYE Countdown

LOCATION: State Bank Downtown Main Office

Friday, December 15, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, December 22, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 23, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION:  Triangle Park, Downtown Defiance
Sponsored by Arps Dairy and the Defiance Development & Visitor’s Bureau (DDVB)
December 31, 2017, 8:00 p.m. – Midnight

Bring in the new year with Sam Hornish, Jr. at the
1st Annual Arps Dairy NYE Countdown!
Join the fun! There will be activities and entertainment for the whole family!

Don’t miss the Milk Jug drop at midnight!