The city of Grandview Heights announced Tuesday, April 14, that the 2020 Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic, scheduled for June 12, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

"There was a lot of permitting from the different cycling associations and insurance coverage that goes into this, and we aren't anticipating that would be accomplished until later in May at the earliest, which is just too late to be able to hold the event in June," parks and recreation director Mike Patterson said.

The city's decision to cancel this year's event was made after consulting with race promoter Spencer Hackett, Patterson said.

Another problem is that many of the businesses that serve as sponsors for the event are temporarily shut down because of the stay-at-home order in place in Ohio through at least May 1 due to the coronavirus, recreation supervisor Marta Durban said.

"We can't go forward without their participation," she said.

The parks and recreation staff is working to put together a virtual community event that will include activities for all age groups, from families with young children to older adults, Durban said.

More details about the virtual event, including its components and the date it will be held, will be announced in the coming weeks, Patterson said.

Other upcoming Grandview events that have been canceled include Earth Day activities, April 22; Arbor Day activities, April 24; the Great Garage Sale, May 2; the Senior Skip Day Clean-Up, May 12; and the Step Up for Stefanie 5K Run, June 6.

A decision regarding the status of activities planned for Memorial Day weekend, including the annual Blue Star Mothers ceremony May 21 and the parade and pool opening May 23, is pending, Patterson said.

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