Grove City Parks and Recreation COVID-19 Update | July 31

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:

Outdoor Areas

  • Parks and paths remain open to the public; please maintain social distancing of six feet and keep to small groups. 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.
  • The following facilities are now open with certain restrictions; please follow posted signage to help prevent further closures:
    • Basketball hoops/courts
    • Playgrounds
    • Tennis/pickleball courts at Windsor Park
    • Tennis courts at Gantz Park
    • The Grove City Skate Park
    • Off-leash dog areas in Breck Community Park
  • The Big Splash and the Splash pad at Fryer Park will reopen Saturday, May 29, 2021. See you next summer!

Offices/Parks and Recreation Operated Buildings

  • 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.

Sports and Facilities

  • NEW: The youth volleyball league will not be offered due to unavailability of SWCSD gyms.
  • A summer-fall youth baseball season is being offered. Opening Day is Saturday, Aug. 8 with games held in August, September and October. The registrations of players who signed up for the spring-summer league are applied to this season; a separate fall league will not be offered in 2020.
  • Fall adult softball leagues are on; registration is open during July. Games start Aug. 16.
  • The following baseball and softball diamonds are available for public use when not already being used for Grove City Parks and Recreation activities on a first-come, first-served basis: Windsor Park fields 7, 8 and 11; Fryer Park East 1-4 and West 1-4; and Evans Park. New reservations are not being accepted.
  • Outdoor shelters are available for walk-up usage. Previously made reservations for shelters will be honored, but no new reservations are being accepted.
    Be aware that the amount of tables in the shelters have been reduced to aid with social distancing; do not move tables.
  • Eagle Pavilion is closed until further notice.

Childcare

  • Summer P.A.R.K. and Play Zone will not be offered in 2020.
  • Registration for Before- and After-school P.A.R.K. for the 2020-2021 school year is open to the public. Available spots are filled on a first-come basis based upon the time of application. Some sites are at capacity, so call 614-277-3050 to confirm space is still available before attempting to register.

Classes/Programs

  • Some August and September classes are being offered with with certain accommodation and procedure to maximize safety. Download an activity guide. Registration is now open.
  • Looking for ideas to keep you and your family engaged as you stay at home? Check out some of our suggestions on the Source at Home page.

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.


Temporary Pandemic Child Care

Beginning Thursday, March 26, only child care programs with a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license will be permitted to operate in Ohio, serving only essential workers defined by the state with priority for key health and safety occupations.

Action for Children’s website hosts information for families including an interactive map of the ODJFS-approved Temporary Pandemic Child Care programs in Franklin and the surrounding counties. Action for Children will update the map twice daily as the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services approves new programs and some programs request removal. Families can also submit a help request online or call specialists at 614-224-0222, ext. 299, for help connecting with a provider.

Please refer families and employers that might need Temporary Pandemic child care to Action for Children’s website.


Parks and Recreation Inclement Weather Policy

Grove City Parks and Recreation programs may be canceled due to inclement weather. Please reference this page or call the Weather Update/Information Line at 614-277-3060 for cancellations, delays or program-specific details.

Weekdays
If the South-Western City School District closes due to inclement weather, all classes and programs offered through the Parks and Recreation Department (this includes activities at the Evans Center and Gantz Barn) are canceled.

If poor weather develops during the afternoon, a decision to cancel evening classes and programs is made by 3 p.m. or as soon as conditions present.

Weekends
In the case of poor weather/driving conditions on Saturday or Sunday, a decision on whether to conduct programs and classes is made by 8 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.