The city of Canal Winchester announced May 8 the municipal pool will not open this season and a June concert has been canceled.
“It’s hard to think of summer starting without families at the pool or a concert at Stradley Park, but the health and safety of our community is our top priority,” Mayor Mike Ebert said in the city’s news release. “The pool will be closed this year, and we’ll have to postpone some events, and hopefully, we’ll be able to return to normal operations in 2021.”
“Music in the Park” had been scheduled for June 19.
The status for events scheduled for July and August has not been determined.
The Memorial Day ceremony, scheduled for May 25, also has been canceled, said Rick Williams, VFW Post 10523 commander.
Williams said on the city’s website that the decision was difficult but necessary.
“The health of our fellow comrades, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, the high school band members and also the many spectators that normally attend was our main concern,” he said. “We always aim to have a meaningful and dignified ceremony each year. Although we can’t all gather together this year, we ask everyone to please take time this Memorial Day to honor and remember the men and women who have given their all for this great country.”
Previously, the city on April 15 announced the cancellation of the annual tree giveaway (May 2), the Kris Sims Memorial Relay For Life dinner (May 20) and the Touch-A-Truck event (May 22).
That same day, Destination: Canal Winchester announced the cancellation of the Art on Canal art stroll (May 16) and the Blues & Ribfest (July 31 and Aug. 1).
However, the city has said the farmers market would open May 30 with restrictions to keep employees and customers safe.