CW Pool closed, June Music in the Park cancelled

Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove
The Canal Winchester Municipal Pool will be closed for the 2020 season.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in consideration of public health, the city of Canal Winchester will not open the Canal Winchester Municipal Pool during the 2020 season.

The city also decided to cancel its summer kick-off event, “Music in the Park,” which had been scheduled for June 19. Events scheduled for July and August remain under discussion at this time.

“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,” said Mayor Mike Ebert. “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.”

In recent weeks, the Ohio Governor’s office unveiled its new Responsible RestartOhio Plan. The plan consists of a phased reopening of most business sectors throughout the state, with newly outlined recommendations for operating safely. To date, however, the plan does not lift restrictions limiting public gatherings to 10 people or less. Additionally, as of May 7, operation of public swimming pools is prohibited in the state. In light of such restrictions and in consideration of suggested social distancing practices meant to limit the spread of COVID-19, city officials determined that keeping the pool closed through the 2020 season would be in the best interest of public health.

In addition to city-sponsored closures and cancellations, organizers of other local events recently reported operational changes or cancellation of upcoming 2020 activities, including:
•VFW Post #10523’s Memorial Day Ceremony in Canal Winchester, set for May 25, has been cancelled.
•Destination: Canal Winchester announced cancellation of several events, including Art on the Canal in May and the Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest in July.
•Canal Winchester’s Relay for Life event organizers will host Relay activities, scheduled for June 27, virtually this year, allowing teams to connect online rather than in person. Additional details are expected in the coming weeks.

To keep informed about the City of Canal Winchester’s COVID-19 response or to view the City’s event calendar, visit

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  1. I think there is probably some area in Canal Winchester could hold Music in the Park or Space where social distancing could be accomplished. Music is uplifting. We need something to lift our spirits. A stage could be set up in a large parking lot area with cars 6 ft apart on each side, Stay in your car with the windows down and listen to the music!


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