Welcome to summer activities at Grove City
Almost a year ago, we started making tough decisions to shut down our ever-bustling summer facilities and cancel activities and events that our community enjoys. Despite the difficulty of these decisions, our top priority is always the health and safety of our residents, visitors, business owners and employees and our staff.
Although the number of COVID-19 is declining, the coronavirus is still here and will remain a factor in our lives. We therefore continue to consider all activities and events on an individual basis and weigh all options as this summer approaches.
I am happy to share the reopening of many favorite facilities and the return of some beloved activities, proving that we already have a lot to look forward to this summer.
After a year of hiatus, the waters are flowing again at the Big Splash and Splash Pad in Fryer Park, as we once again welcome residents to swim, splash and have fun cooling off. We took advantage of the closure last year to make repairs to the pool.
It will be great to hear music in the air again. The Summer Sizzle concert series returns to downtown later this month when Grove City’s Lee Gantt kicks off the season. This year, the concert stage will be on the green space in front of the Public Safety building at 3359 Park St. Spectators can set up lawn chairs or spread blankets and enjoy a picnic during the shows.
June 5 marks the return of the Heritage Celebration at Century Village in Fryer Park. The Southwest Franklin County Historical Society does a great job of sharing the history of our area in the 19th century with fun activities, building tours, and demonstrations, including a game of “vintage base ball” between the Muffins. Ohio Village and the Century Village Greyhounds. The Century Village women’s team will debut at the celebration, opposed to the Ohio Village Diamond.
This year, I’m especially looking forward to experiencing the re-enactments by soldiers representing conflicts from the War of 1812 through WWII, highlighted by a new unit from Grove City representing the 113th Volunteer Infantry Regiment of the Ohio, C.
Much to the delight of families in Grove City, we were fortunate last year to partner with Naz Church to safely continue our outdoor film series. The partnership continues this summer as the church will once again host community films. This year, the films will take place on Wednesday evenings and will include fun and family activities before the screenings.
The Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market returned to downtown in May and again offers shopping and pickup options online in addition to in-person sales. It’s great to feast once again in the company of neighbors while selecting fresh fruit and vegetables every Saturday at the market, which operates from 8am to noon.
Heart of Grove City also hosts downtown events this year, including hop shops, food truck events, and festivals.
Safely returning to activities that have been a part of Grove City culture for years is an exciting step back to normal. We look forward to providing more opportunities for the community to connect as we continue to assess each event and activity.
Richard “Ike” Stage is the mayor of Grove City.