Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage has announced the Big Splash, the city’s aquatics facility, will not open this season.
Stage made the announcement during the June 1 virtual Grove City Council meeting.
The operating guidelines from the state of Ohio for public pools and aquatic centers, including recommendations to avoid gatherings if at least 6-foot social distancing can’t be maintained and further suggestions from Franklin County Public Health, would have made it “extremely difficult” to safely open the Big Splash, Stage said.
“We also have problems in making sure it’s staffed correctly with the properly trained people,” he said. “There are no pools open right now to do training, and lifeguards have to go through a training exercise.”
Road-improvement work scheduled through most of the summer on Southwest Boulevard also would have affected the facility at 2831 Southwest Blvd., Stage said.
The city’s annual EcoFest, originally scheduled Aug. 8, has been canceled with the next event set for 2021, he said.