Pool openings, fireworks shows in limbo for some Dayton-area cities

Some Dayton-area cities already have made decisions to close their pools and cancel Independence Day-related fireworks events due to COVID-19 issues, but others are holding off.

The city of Dayton on Tuesday decided to cancel its annual Lights in Flight Fireworks Festival, but has not made a decision on its water recreation sites, said Toni Bankston, the city’s chief communications officer.

“We are waiting to hear guidance from the governor’s office before making a decision,” she said in an email.

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The city of Kettering on Tuesday evening announced that its Independence Day fireworks celebration is canceled and that its water park and splash pad will remain closed.

Last week, Miamisburg announced it will keep its Sycamore Trails Aquatic Center closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Fairborn officials said that city’s annual Fourth of July festivities are canceled for the same reason.

Lebanon will cancel its Independence Day activities at Colonial Park, but the fireworks show is still on for July 3, City Manager Scott Brunka said.

Moraine and Xenia have not yet decided on fireworks festivals, preferring to wait on the state’s ruling. But the Greene County city’s splash pad will not open around Memorial Day, as is customary, City Manager Brent Merriman said.

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“We are pushing this back into June, though a specific date not yet been set,” he said in an email.

No decisions on fireworks have been made in either Beavercreek or Springboro, city officials said. Likewise, no ruling has come down on the opening of Springboro’s splash pad, said City Manager Chris Pozzuto.

Huber Heights and West Carrollton are both holding out hope that their pools can open.

Huber Heights hasn’t hired any lifeguards, but the city is maintaining the Kroger Aquatic Center, City Manager Rob Schommer said.

But the city is still planning its Fourth of July fireworks show, he said.

“We feel it’s important to provide the spaces and activities that our citizens feel comfortable attending,” Schommer said.

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West Carrollton has held interviews for seasonal jobs at Wilson Park Pool in hopes of opening the facility. City council is set to talk about the issue Tuesday night, records show.

Staff Writer Jen Balduf contributed to this report.