Grove City's festivities for Memorial Day weekend will include as usual the traditional parade and the kickoff to the city's Summer Sizzle Concert Series.

CORRECTION: The print and earlier online versions of this story contained an incorrect date for the Memorial Day parade. It will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27.

Grove City's festivities for Memorial Day weekend will include as usual the traditional parade and the kickoff to the city's Summer Sizzle Concert Series.

It may not include the opening of the Big Splash on schedule.

A project to refurbish the aquatics facility is taking longer than expected and could delay the pool's opening for about a week, parks and recreation director Kim Conrad said.

It's the first comprehensive refurbishing the pool has received since it opened in 1999, she said.

"Once the project is done, the Big Splash will be in good condition to take it through the next 20 years," Conrad said.

The work includes replacing the water jets arrayed around the pool's interior, resurfacing the pool floor and repairing the pool joints.

"We've had some issues with the weather, and the work on the joints is taking a little longer than we anticipated," Conrad said.

A final determination of whether the pool will be able to open as scheduled Saturday, May 25, hadn't been made as of May 17, "but it looks like it may be the weekend after Memorial Day" before it will be ready, she said.

The Big Splash, 2831 Southwest Blvd., will be open through Sept. 2, and after the season is over, the city will replace the stones around the perimeter of the pool, Conrad said.

"We always planned to wait until the fall to replace the stones," she said.

The pool project is expected to cost about $450,000, said Tim Baker, recreation supervisor at the Big Splash.

The Memorial Day parade will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 3730 Broadway. The parade route travels south on Broadway to the Grove City Cemetery on Grove City Road, where a memorial service will be held.

The Memorial Day parade is put on by American Legion Paschall Post 164 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8198.

The parade route passes by the city's Gold Star Families Memorial located across from the Grove City Library and the memorial plaza helps enhance the meaning of the procession and the Memorial Day holiday, Conrad said.

"There's a place to sit at the memorial and it offers a good vantage point to watch the parade," she said. "If you have lost a family member in service or have a family member who has served our country, it's a good place to reflect."

The holiday weekend will begin with the Grove City Community Winds "Salute to America's Finest" concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, in the George Edge Music Park at the corner of Park Street and Broadway in the Town Center.

The performance will be the first in the city's annual Summer Sizzle Concert Series.

"The Town Center is a great location for the concerts because families can stop by, get some ice cream from the local shop or have dinner at one of the restaurants before the concert," Conrad said. "We'll have children's activities each week to help keep youngsters occupied."

The opening concert also will celebrate Public Works Week with a hands-on Touch-a-Truck event, Conrad said.

"We have some of our service trucks and equipment set up a little farther down Park Street and kids will be able to climb aboard and explore the vehicles," she said.

First responders and service staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The Summer Sizzle Concert Series will be held at 7 p.m. each Friday in the Town Center, with a couple exceptions.

In Full Swing will perform patriotic songs June 14 at Park Street and Arbutus Avenue during Grove City's presentation of Ohio Flags of Honor.

The Central Ohio Brass Band will perform July 5 in the Gantz Gazebo at Gantz Park, 2255 Home Road, as part of the kickoff to Parks and Recreation Month. Gardens at Gantz volunteers will host an open house at 6 p.m.

RockHouse will perform from July 26 at Park Street and Broadway during the annual Homecoming Celebration.

"The great thing about Summer Sizzle is that it's free and offers a variety of music," Conrad said. "It's not all big band music or rock 'n' roll. We try to make sure there's something for every musical taste."

The May 31 concert with Shazzbots will be held in partnership with the Southwest Public Libraries to help kick off the summer reading program, she said.

The concert and reading program will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and the event will include activities and crafts.

For more information, visit grovecityohio.gov or call the Grove City Parks and Recreation office at 614-277-3050.

Weather-related cancellation information is available on the Grove City Facebook and Twitter pages or by calling the weather hotline at 614-277-3060 the day of an event.

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