Canal Winchester news

CW Tree Giveaway
City of Canal Winchester residents will have the opportunity to pick up a free tree at the city’s 23rd annual tree giveaway at Stradley Park, 30 S. High St. in historic downtown Canal Winchester, on May 4 from 9-11 a.m., rain or shine. Approximately 120 trees will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit one tree per household.

The annual giveaway and associated programs are part of an initiative by the city’s Street Tree Advisory Board and the Department of Public Service Division of Stormwater to increase canopy coverage, prevent soil erosion, and promote clean air throughout the Canal Winchester community. According to Canal Winchester’s Urban Forester Dick Miller, “Distributing new trees to private property owners in Canal Winchester benefits us all and is essential in growing the city’s green canopy.”

Miller added, “The majority of tree canopy coverage is on private property and riverine corridors in Canal Winchester. Anything your street tree advisory board and stormwater department can do to further the goal of planting more of the right tree in the right place is a plus for the city. Trees are the only part of the city’s infrastructure that will grow on their own and increase in value and function over time.”

The giveaway is open to city of Canal Winchester residents living within the city’s corporation limits only. Proof of residency is required, such as a city water bill or driver’s license. During the giveaway, members of the Street Tree Advisory Board can answer questions about residential selections.

For information, contact Urban Forester Dick Miller, 614-834-5110.

CW’s Art on the Canal
Canal Winchester’s 13th annual art stroll – Art on the Canal – will be held May 18 from noon to 6 p.m. in historic downtown Canal Winchester.

Check out the variety of artistic works from central Ohio artists as well as music, dancing and performances. There will be painters, sculptors, wood workers, and jewelry makers, just to name a few. There will be fun for the children, too, from free splatter paint to a paint wall. Grab a bite to eat from one of the food vendors or stop in one of the downtown restaurants. The event is in the DORA district so grab that adult beverage to go if you wish.

Downtown shops will host their own Makers on the Canal Craft show and local brewer Loose Rail will host its Crafters Corner during the art stroll. Visit Canal Winchester’s Historical Complex which includes the one-room Prentiss School building and the Hocking Valley ‘Queen of the Line” railroad to see what the historical society is doing to celebrate Founders’ Day. For information, go to or call 614-270-5053.

CW students at Model UN
Fifty-one Canal Winchester Middle School students recently attended the 2024 Ohio Model United Nations, held in Columbus at the Hyatt Regency, where three nations advanced to the General Assembly, and 12 students earned recognition.

OMUN is a three-day event that offers students in grades 5-12 a comprehensive simulation of the United Nations, allowing them to understand its functions as the world’s largest international peacekeeping and humanitarian organization. Through role-playing, students represent various nations, engaging in writing, presenting, and debating issues that impact global communities. Moreover, students showcase culturally-based talents, partake in global education contests, and discuss current UN agenda items.

The students represented Canal Winchester, with Panama, Portugal, and the United Kingdom advancing to present at the General Assembly.

Recognition and awards received at the event include: Peace Essay Contest Winner: Journey Beard; Outstanding Nation (Panama): Janè Overstreet, Elena Coffey, Milan Crews-Mixon, Branden Giesecke, Emalee Anderson, Stella Campbell, and Clara Shea; Leadership Awards: Clara Shea, Janna Twiss; 2025 Council Presidents: Janna Twiss, Janè Overstreet, Shadia Faqi, Ava Wolford, and Maycie Reed; 2025 Council Vice-Presidents: Emalee Anderson and Clara Shea.

Kris Sims Memorial
Relay For Life Dinner
Get acquainted with Canal Winchester’s elected officials as they wait tables to earn tips for Relay for Life. On May 15 from 5– 7:30 p.m., Canal Winchester Mayor Joe Steager and city council members will serve dinner at the Canal Winchester Community Center, located at 45 E. Waterloo St. The three-course meal will include a house salad and bread, spaghetti and meatballs, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, and a dessert. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child (10 and under). Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event while supplies last. Cash, check, or credit cards will be accepted and parties will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Carry-out will also be available.

The dinner is named in honor of the late Kristen Sims, who worked to bring Relay for Life to Canal Winchester. All tips and dinner proceeds will benefit Relay for Life, American Cancer Society. Donations are tax deductible and receipts will be available upon request.

CW’s Music in the Park
The city of Canal Winchester invites families with children of all ages and adults alike to see the fascinating public works and public safety vehicles on display at the upcoming “Touch-A-Truck” event on May 17 from 6-9 p.m. Touch-A-Truck kicks off the city’s 2024 Music in the Park free summer event series at Stradley Park, 30 S. High St. From dump trucks to police cars, fire trucks, and more, get an up-close experience with vehicles from Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Madison Township Fire Department, Madison Township Police, South Central Power, and the city of Canal Winchester.

The event also features live music by Poverty String Band. Additional free hands-on activities and games will be available throughout the park.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and picnic, purchase food from one of the food trucks on site, or carry-out from one of the downtown restaurants. Visitors can purchase alcoholic beverages from participating establishments to enjoy within the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) boundaries. More information on DORA is on the city’s website. No outside alcohol is permitted within the park.

Come back on June 21 for Pet Palooza and live music from The Treble Catz. Then on July 19, the Gas Pump Jockeys return for a record 17th season for the annual Cruise-In Car Show, hosted by C-Town Cruisers. The End of Summer Bash on Aug. 16 features music by Creek Don’t Rise then close out the season on Sept. 20 with a Fall Fest.

Music in the Park is a free summer concert series held the third Friday of the month from May through September weather permitting. Visit for information.

Area schools host job fair
Canal Winchester Schools, Groveport Madison Schools, and Whitehall City Schools are joining forces to address critical staffing shortages by hosting a combined job fair on June 5 from 4-7 p.m. at Canal Winchester High School, 300 Washington St., Canal Winchester.

The event aims to fill key support staff positions, including paraprofessionals, bus drivers, aides, and custodians. The partner schools recognize the urgent need for these roles and are prepared to offer qualified candidates positions on the spot. Ideal candidates are individuals seeking meaningful work that positively impacts their community and the future of children in Central Ohio.

“The partner schools are looking for dedicated individuals who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of students,” said Dr. Chris Green, Director of Diversity, Engagement, and Human Capital at Groveport Madison Schools. “Working at a school offers a desirable schedule, excellent benefits, and the opportunity to contribute significantly to our community.”

No teaching license is required for these positions, making them accessible to a wide range of candidates. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend the combined job fair to learn more about the available positions and the benefits of working in education.

For information about the combined job fair, contact Megan Anthony at

CW pool opens May 24
The city of Canal Winchester’s swimming pool will open May 24. The pool will be open to members only from May 24-30. During this time, only individuals who have completed purchasing a membership will be able to enter the pool. Daily admission passes can be purchased at the pool by members only for additional guests outside of the membership. Members will be responsible for all guests brought in to the pool; failure to abide by the rules may result in loss of membership.

The pool will open to all guests on May 31. The last day of the season will be Aug. 18. This is earlier than in past seasons due to declining attendance and staffing issues.
Seasonal memberships and a number of other pass options will be available this year. If space is available, reduced-price membership opportunities will open after July 5.

Seasonal Membership Passes
Those wishing to purchase a Sunbather’s Pass (seasonal membership) will need to preregister online. In-person verification of residency and household members (if applicable) will be required prior to the membership being issued. All pass holders will also have their photo taken. Memberships will not be sold at the pool.

To purchase a membership:

•Visit and select “Create Account”, or “Log In” if you have used the program before.

•Add all household members to your account that you intend on placing on the membership. More information on what constitutes a household and eligibility can be found on the website.

•Attend an open house session (listed below) to complete the verification process. All members included on the pass must be verified and have their photo taken before their pass will be issued; we recommend all household members attend the open house, if possible. Valid forms of verification include, but are not limited to, a valid driver’s license or other photo ID; bill or lease with name and address; tax return; school registration form; health insurance card.

•Have photo taken, pay for the membership, and receive physical pass.

Vacationer’s Passes
Those interested in purchasing a Vacationer’s Pass (good for 10 visits, any day; must be used by the same person) will need to preregister online. Vacationer’s Passes will not be sold at the pool.

To purchase a Vacationer’s Pass:

•Visit and select “Create Account”, or “Log In” if you have used the program before.

•Add the individual who will be using the pass to your account.

•Attend an open house session (listed below) to have the passholder photo taken, pay for the pass, and receive physical pass.

Daily Admission Passes
Daily admission passes may be purchased at the pool on the day of your visit. The same rate applies to residents and non-residents. Discounts are available for senior citizens and registered daycares. More information and specific rates are available online.

Open House Sessions for Processing
Complete the process of purchasing a Sunbather’s Pass or Vacationer’s Pass by attending one of the following open house sessions, held at City Hall (45 E. Waterloo St.): May 2 – 5-7 p.m.; May 8 – 4-6 p.m.; May 11 – 9-11 a.m.; May 13 – 3-5 p.m.; May 19 – 2-4 p.m.
Anyone unable to attend an open house may have their pass issued at City Hall between May 20 and May 23. Staff will be available to assist between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.; no appointment necessary. Sales will pause beginning May 24 and will not resume until May 28. When sales reopen, anyone interested in purchasing a Sunbather’s Pass or Vacationer’s Pass can visit City Hall between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays – Fridays to complete the process.

Returning Pass Users
Returning members should bring their expired passes with for reactivation. New passes can be issued for members, if needed.

Pool Rental
The pool is available to rent for parties on designated Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings throughout the season. Dates may be booked on a first come, first served basis, and must be booked two weeks in advance. Rental opportunities will open for booking on May 6th at 8 a.m. Check the city’s website for complete details, including rental fees and available times.
For information, visit

Arbor Day in CW
The city of Canal Winchester and Canal Winchester Local Schools celebrated Arbor Day on April 25 at Indian Trail Elementary, 6865 Gender Road. A tree was planted on the school grounds and students learned about the history of Arbor Day, celebrated annually on the last Friday of April.

Canal Winchester Mayor Joe Steager presented an Arbor Day Proclamation to commemorate the celebration. Students also learned about the importance of trees from Canal Winchester Urban Forester Dick Miller and Manon VanSchoyck, Founder & Executive Director of Ohio Nature Education.

“We want to help teach everyone about the importance of tree canopy coverage. Trees create shade and cool temperatures, which is very important in urban areas,” said Miller.

The city coordinates Arbor Day events through the Street Tree Advisory Board, a five-member panel of Canal Winchester residents who have worked to preserve, protect, and enhance trees and plants throughout the community since the early 1990s.


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