By Rick Palsgrove
The city of Canal Winchester is adapting to the changing rules regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Governor Mike DeWine recently announced the lifting of coronavirus pandemic health orders as of June 2.
Labor Day Festival
As of May 25, city of Canal Winchester officials said they had not heard of any further updates from the Canal Winchester Labor Day Committee regarding the status of the annual festival, which was set to celebrate its centennial year in 2020, has been a Labor Day weekend mainstay in the community since 1920.
In a public statement released May 7, the committee announced the Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival, originally scheduled for Sept. 4, 5, and 6, was cancelled.
Festival organizers noted the inability to meet Ohio Department of Health regulations and the lingering effects COVID-19 have had on the entertainment industry and festival sponsors.
Marie Gibbons, parade organizer, said, “It is not feasible at this time to put on our traditional event, which draws families from all over Central Ohio. The committee instead has been focusing on a smaller, one-day event for our community that will feature rides, food vendors, family-friendly activities, entertainment, and a non-traditional parade.”
The one-day event, Canal Winchester Hometown Day, will be Sept. 4. Details are pending.
The Canal Winchester Area Historical Society will hold its annual Ice Cream Social on Sept. 5 from 1-4 p.m. at the Prentiss School at 10 W. Oak St.
Labor Day Festival organizers are planning for the 100th Labor Day Festival weekend celebration in 2022.
CW swimming pool
In light of the recent amendments to public health guidelines by both DeWine and the CDC, the city of Canal Winchester revised its operational plan for the 2021 swimming pool season.
The Canal Winchester Municipal Pool will open May 28, at 4 p.m. Pre-paid reservations are no longer required. The pool will be open for general admission from noon – 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon – 4 p.m. on Sundays. The pool season will run through Sept. 5.
According to city officials, membership and daily admission options will both be available this year. More details on rates and discounts can be found on the city’s website.
The pool will be available to rent for parties on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the season. Dates may be booked during the season on a first come, first served basis. Check the city’s website for complete details, including rental fees and available times.
Guests visiting the pool are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to use during their visit as lounge chairs will be available in limited quantities. A concession stand is on site, serving hot dogs, pizzas, nachos, drinks, candy, chips, frozen treats, and much more. Guests are permitted to bring their own food and drink, although absolutely no glass containers or alcohol are permitted.
Guests who are feeling ill or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should stay home. Following current health guidelines, guests that are not vaccinated are asked to wear a mask when not in the pool. This includes moving around on the pool deck, using the restrooms, visiting the concession stand, and entering/exiting the facility. Pool memberships and rental sales are available to purchase on the city’s website.
Visit www.canalwinchesterohio.gov for information.
CW government public meetings
City officials said public meetings will reopen to the public on June 2. The first Canal Winchester City Council meeting that will be open to the public is June 7. Masks will still be required until further notice Meetings will continue to be streamed online.