Groveport news and events


Cruiser Park parking
The massive crowd that attended the city’s “Marshmallow Drop” event at Groveport’s Cruiser Park on April 8, as well as the large number of people who regularly attend youth soccer games in the park, prompted Groveport City Councilwoman Becky Hutson to ask the city to look into expanding the parking there.

Groveport Police Sgt. Casey Adams added that residents in the nearby Elmont Place subdivision have also complained about how people heading for Cruiser Park frequently park their vehicles on the subdivision’s neighborhood streets, often making it difficult for residents to park there.

Hutson suggested city officials look into using the city-owned open field located on the north side of Bixby Road next to Cruiser Park for overflow parking. The city’s 2010 Park System Master Plan proposes that, in the future, these open fields could be used for parking, additional soccer fields, and maybe even an indoor field house.

City Administrator Marsha Hall said that, before the city does anything with these open fields, it must wait for the completion of a large natural gas line project that will cut through the area. She also said zoning issues would affect any future plans for this land.

Noting that the popularity and usage of Cruiser Park is driving the discussion regarding the need for additional parking, Mayor Lance Westcamp said, “It’s a good problem to have.”

Medical marijuana moratorium
On April 10, Groveport City Council heard the second reading of an ordinance to impose a one year moratorium on issuing permits allowing retail dispensaries, cultivators, or processors of medical marijuana in the city.

According to Ohio Revised Code 3796, a municipality can limit, or prohibit, the number of such medical marijuana dispensaries, etc. within its limits.

Groveport City Administrator Marsha Hall said rules are currently being adopted by the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. Cultivator laws are required to be set by May 6 and all other rules by Sept. 8.

“A one year moratorium will allow us to review all of the adopted rules and make a determination as to whether to limit or prohibit them and to set any city specific city regulations,” said Hall.

GMHS alumni banquet
The Groveport Madison High School Alumni Association will hold the 124th annual Alumni Banquet on May 20 at Groveport Madison Middle School Central, 751 Main St., Groveport. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. with a buffet style dinner served at 5 p.m. 

This year’s honored class is the Class of 1967, celebrating their 50-Year Reunion.

The 2017 recipient for the Groveport Madison  Alumni Association Hall of Fame award is Police Officer Steven Michael Smith, who was a 1980 Groveport Madison graduate. Smith lost his life while serving the public on April 12, 2016. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the Alumni Banquet,

Also, Groveport Elementary will be open for alumni visitation on May 20 from 3-4:30 p.m.
Cost is $15.  Reservations with names, year of graduation, address and check should be mailed to Groveport Alumni Association, P. O. Box 382, Groveport, OH  43125, by May 12.  Checks should be made out to  Groveport Alumni Association. Along with your check please give names  and  graduating year attending.  For information, call (614) 833-1805 or visit

Christensen is July 4 parade grand marshal
Terri Christensen has been named the grand marshal of this year’s Groveport Fourth of July parade.

“Terri has been very active in our community for many years,” said Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp. “She’s actively involved in our schools, area churches and the local chamber of commerce. I do believe what made the choice easy was the performance of ‘When You Wish Upon a Star,’ performed by Groveport Madison Area Community Choir under Terri’s direction (at the choir’s community show in February, ‘That’s Entertainment’).”

Groveport Special Olympics
A local chapter of Special Olympics Ohio has formed in the Groveport/Canal Winchester area. The mission of Special Olympics Ohio is to provide year round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for intellectually disabled individuals.

For information contact local coordinators Penny and Cassandra Hilty at or at (614) 395-8992 or 395-6640. Donations may be sent to Groveport Special Olympics, P.O. Box 296, Groveport, OH 43125.

Let’s Talk About It
The Let’s Talk About It Book Club meets the second Wednesday each month at 2 p.m. at the Southeast Library, 3980 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport. Upcoming books are: May 10 – “The Woman in Cabin 10,” by Ruth Ware; and June 14 – “Unbecoming,” by Rebecca Scherm.

Golden Cruiser Club
Groveport Madison Schools invites senior residents of the district to visit schools and to attend athletic and performing arts programs that showcase the talents of its students.
The district has launched the Golden Cruiser Club, a free program for residents of the Groveport Madison School District who are age 60 and older. Club membership provides free access to all school and district sponsored athletic contests, plays, concerts, and other events.

To become a member of the Golden Cruiser Club, obtain an application at, at any of the school offices, or call (614) 492-2520. The  requirements for membership are that applicants be age 60 or older and be a resident of Groveport Madison Schools  (verified by the Franklin County Auditor’s website).

Cruisers on the air
The Groveport Sports Network will provide live play-by-play coverage of  Groveport Madison High School softball in 2017. Games will be broadcast in full high definition.The links to the broadcasts are on the athletics page at Watch the games live on a computer or hand-held device. Each broadcast will be available on demand for 30 days. Broadcast coverage begins 20 minutes prior to the  start time with the pre-game show. 

Here are the softball games to be broadcast: (games start at 5:15 p.m.): April 26 Canal Winchester; April 27, 7 p.m. at New Albany; May 1 Newark.

GriefShare support group
GriefShare grief recovery seminar and support group meets at Groveport United Methodist Church, 512 Main St., Groveport, each Thursday at 7 p.m.  For information call (614) 836-5968  or email  
Cruiser Theatre Company
Here are the Groveport Madison High School Cruiser Theatre Company’s upcoming performances this season:
•Theatre 3 Show – “The Whole Shebang, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $3.
•Children’s Show – “The Cat in the Hat” – May 19 at 7:30 p.m. and May 20 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $3.
Visit or call (614) 836-4964 for information.

Brush pick-up
The city of Groveport’s brush pick-up continues throughout the city on Mondays and Fridays. Brush should be no longer than 6 feet and no larger than 12 inches in diameter. Place your brush behind the curb and city crews will collect it.

Groveport Farmers Market
The Groveport Farmers Market will be held on Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., rain or shine, from May 30 to Sept. 26 (closed July 4). This multi-vendor outdoor market will be located on Main Street on the city green space next to Ace Hardware. The market features fresh locally grown produce, craft foods, and local artisan made decorative treasures. Parking available in the municipal parking lot near Ace Hardware. For information contact Bruce Jarvis at (614) 557-1009 or email or visit The market is brought to you by the Southeastern Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Groveport.

Special Olympics fundraiser
Representatives of Groveport Special Olympics will be at the intersections of Main Street and Hendron Road, Main Street and College Street, and the traffic light on Main Street at Kroger in Groveport on May 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to seek monetary donations to benefit Groveport Special Olympics Ohio.

Quilting classes
A five week quilting series on April 25, May 2, 9, 16, and 23 will be held at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., from 6-8 pm. Cost is $15 resident/$17 non-resident. Call (614) 836-3333 to pay, get the supply list and register by April 21.

Painting in nature
A painting in nature class will be instructed by artist Steven Riggs at KidSpace, 630 Wirt Road, Groveport, on May 13 from 1-3 p.m.. Work on a painting that is a nature scene step by step. Bring an 8”x10” canvas and assorted brushes. Cost is  $20 per person or $15 per person for two people signing up at the same time.  All ages.  Register and pay by May 11. Call (614) 836-3333.

Programs on the Go
Programs on the Go, an adult daytime arts and education program, will take a trip to the Whistle Factory on May 19. Meet at KidSpace, 630 Wirt Road, Groveport, at 12:30 p.m. Estimated return time is 3 p.m. Cost is $7.50 per person. Adults only. Programs on the Go focuses on community art, experiencing and learning new skills, discussions and exploring new forms of art and education with the benefit of transportation. Prices determined monthly based on each trip location. Space limited. Call (614) 836-3333 to register and pay by May 17.

Groveport police history
The free exhibit “Groveport Police History,” by Ernie Bell, will be on display at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., from May 1-26. Open during Town Hall’s business hours. The display features vintage uniforms, badges, patches, photos, newspaper articles, radio equipment and more.

Make a walking stick
Make a walking stick on May 1 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Groveport’s Blacklick Park, 799 Blacklick St. Then try out your stick on a nature walk. Supplies included. Free. For all ages. Call (614) 836-3333 to register by April 28. Space is limited.

Make a kite
Make a homemade kite on May 13 from 11 a.m. to noon at Groveport’s Heritage Park-Nature Center, 551 Wirt Road. For all ages. Free. Call (614) 836-3333 to register by May 11.

Flag Camp
On Saturdays starting June 3 at Groveport’s Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road, boys and girls in grades 1-6 can attend a five week flag camp from 9-11 a.m. lead by a coach and Groveport Madison High School students. Your child will march in Groveport’s Fourth of July parade showing off their new skills. Free. Equipment fee is $10 or less depending on number of participants. Call to (614) 836-3333 to register by June 1.


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