General 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 20th annual tree giveaway at Stradley Park, 36 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 Works 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 also added, “The majority of tree canopy coverage is on private property and riverine corridors in Canal Winchester. Anything your street tree advisory board and storm water 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 will be required, such as a city water bill or driver’s license. During the giveaway, members of the Street Tree Advisory Board will be on hand to answer questions about residential selections.

For information about the annual tree giveaway, contact Canal Winchester Urban Forester Dick Miller at 614-834-5110.

CW Arbor Day Celebration
The city of Canal Winchester and Canal Winchester Schools will come together April 26 at approximately 2:15 p.m. to celebrate Arbor Day at Indian Trail Elementary, 6767 Gender Road. Students will plant a tree on the school grounds and then learn about the history of Arbor Day.

Canal Winchester Mayor Michael Ebert will present an Arbor Day proclamation following the commemorative tree planting. As long as there are no severe weather warnings, Arbor Day activities will proceed rain or shine.

“We want to help teach everyone about the importance of tree canopy coverage. Trees help filter and slow stormwater, which is very important in urban areas,” said Dick Miller, Canal Winchester’s urban forester.

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.

CW a Tree City USA
Canal Winchester was recently named a 2018 Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation. The designation honors the city’s commitment to effective urban forest management. Canal Winchester has been recognized as a Tree City USA community for 25 consecutive years.

Each Tree City USA community receives recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, trees provide many benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. In addition to improving neighborhood aesthetics, trees generally increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, reduce air pollution, and provide an excellent natural habitat for wildlife.

More information on the Tree City USA program is available at

Daddy-Daughter Dance
The 16th annual Daddy-Daughter Dance, sponsored by Faith United Methodist Church, will be held May 10 from 6:30—8:30 p.m. at Winchester Trail Elementary School, 6865 Gender Road. (Note: this dance is not sponsored by Canal Winchester Schools.)

Registration forms are available at the Dairy Queen, Faith EduCare, and David’s Extended Care as well as in the main offices of all Canal Winchester schools. Cost is $20 per couple and $10 for each additional daughter. Pre-registration and payment are required by May 5. There is a late fee after this date. Each couple will receive a 5×7 picture included in the cost.

Proceeds, from the evening, will be donated to the BrockStrong Foundation Also, donations of new stuffed animals (with tags on) and new toys will be taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Burbacher Photography and Master Mix DJ are donating their time for this event.

CWHS presents “Aida”
The Canal Winchester High School Performing Arts Department will present its spring musical, “Aida – The Musical,” on April 26 at 7 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Oley Speaks Auditorium in the Canal Winchester Local School’s Education Center, 100 Washington St.

The show is based on the Verdi opera of the same name and includes music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice. The show features many of the theatrical and musical talents of Canal Winchester’s best and brightest students.

Tickets are $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Tickets can be reserved by calling (614) 920-2680 or emailing

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