Grove City Parks and Recreation COVID-19 Update | April 3

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Due to ongoing issues with COVID-19 and directives from the State of Ohio, Grove City Parks and Recreation instituted the following policies and procedures until further notice:

  • New: All basketball and tennis courts are closed.
  • All playgrounds are closed.
  • The Grove City Skate Park and the off-leash dog areas in Breck Community Park are closed.
  • The Parks and Recreation Office in the Kingston Center is closed to walk-in transactions. Staff will respond to calls and emails. For urgent in-person matters, please contact the office at 614-277-3050 to make an appointment.
  • The following buildings operated by the Parks and Recreation Department are closed to the public; staff will respond to calls and emails: the Evans Center, Gantz Barn and Gantz Farmhouse.
  • The following buildings are closed with no staff: Grove City Welcome Center and Museum, the Eagle Pavilion, Grant-Sawyer Home and Century Village.
  • All services provided by Evans Center, including the lunch site and transportation program, are canceled.
  • All Little League activities are postponed until at earliest Monday, May 11.
  • Baseball and softball diamonds are closed to public use.
  • Before and After-school P.A.R.K. will reflect the schedule of the South-Western City School District. 2020-2021 school year registration is delayed.
  • The remainder of the youth basketball and adult volleyball seasons as well as the spring season of adult cornhole are canceled.
  • The following events are canceled: Gardens at Gantz Volunteers Herb Symposium, Earth Day and Friday Night Grand Slam.
  • All February-March and April-May classes are canceled.

Parks and paths remain open to the public. Please use your best judgement, adhere to social distancing (six or more feet between members of your family and other people) and practice increased hygiene efforts. If you feel ill or have a reasonable suspicion you may have been exposed to the virus, please stay home.

This is a dynamic situation, so all policies are subject to change without warning. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this challenging time.

Park Shelter and Eagle Pavilion Rentals

Eagle Pavilion at Rotary Lake

Eagle Pavilion, the four-season shelter at Rotary Lake in Fryer Park, is available to reserve for dates one calendar year from the intended reservation date. The interior of the facility includes a large open area, men’s and women’s restrooms, and a warming kitchen with a double sink, microwave, coffeemaker and a refrigerator with a freezer. Outdoor space includes a patio overlooking the pond and a terrace. A storage area holds additional tables and chairs.

Reservations can be made up to 365 days previous to the date of the event. Reservations are limited to Grove City residents age 21 or older, this includes those living within the corporation limits of Grove City and unincorporated Jackson Township as well as those working in Grove City per eligibility outlined in the Fair Share Policy. Proof of residency is required at the time the reservation is scheduled.

Reservations are offered on a first-come basis and may be reserved in any or all of three time slots: 8 a.m.-noon, 1 to 5 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. The cost to rent Eagle Pavilion is $200 per time slot with a maximum of $550 per day plus a $150 refundable damage deposit.

The reservation is not final until all fees are paid in full and the renter agreement application is complete, including signed acknowledgement of the list of rental responsibilities. Please read all four pages carefully. Upon approval, a copy of the signed reservation form and a receipt are returned to applicant as confirmation. The application packet includes the rental form and list of responsibilities, detailed policy information and tips for a successful event with a schematic of the facility.

Each individual or group renting Eagle Pavilion should be mindful that the end of the rental period is the deadline for the facility to be cleaned up and vacated. Please allow yourself ample time to complete your rental responsibilities before this time. Renters are allowed a 15-minute grace period after the end of their rental period before they are assessed a $50 fee for each 15-minute increment they have failed to complete their responsibilities; i.e. a renter who reserves the space from 1 to 5 p.m. who leaves at 5:16 p.m. loses $50 from his deposit; if he leaves at 5:31 p.m., $100 is taken from the deposit.

Shelters and Gazebos
Windsor and Gantz parks feature shelters large enough for family and company gatherings. Windsor Park has two large shelter houses (approximately 1,500 square feet) and Gantz Park has a gazebo (500 square feet), one large (1,800 square feet) and one small (850 square feet) shelter house available for rent. Shelters are available to the public year-round, dawn to dusk, and are open to use if not already reserved. Check the reservation sheets mounted on the shelters for reservation availability. All other shelters including the small shelter at Windsor Park cannot be reserved and are accessible on a first-come basis. Please review the Shelter House Policies and Procedures for details.

Reservations are offered on a first-come basis and may be reserved in either or both of two time slots: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. The cost to rent the Gantz Park large shelter is $55 per time slot ($70 for non-residents); full-day rental fee is $95 ($125 for non-residents). All other shelters or gazebos are $45 per time slot ($60 for nonresidents) or $75 for a full-day rental ($105 non-residents). A $25 refundable deposit is required to turn on the shelter’s electricity.

All fees must be paid at the time of reservation. Fees are subject to change. Renters agree to all policies and procedures related to the shelter houses.

Refund policy: In the event of a cancellation, a refund is issued upon written request made more than 30 days before the reserved date. Requests for refund made within 30 days of the reserved date will not be honored.

Weddings in the Gardens at Gantz are by special permission only.

To reserve a shelter or gazebo, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 614-277-3050.

Information on reserving baseball and softball fields is available in the Youth Sports Section.