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City of Delaware Parks and Recreation presents Trails and Treats, a family-friendly Halloween event, Saturday, October 23 from 5 PM to 7 PM at Mingo Park. Put on your favorite costume and bring your friends and neighbors to enjoy an evening of Halloween fun. Festivities include a pumpkin patch, music, and food trucks, and trunk or treat.
Trunk or treat participating organizations include Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Delaware Community Center YMCA, Delaware County Library, Delaware County Prosecutors Office, Preservation Parks, and the City of Delaware Fire and Police Departments.
Trunk or treat and the pumpkin patch will be open from 5 PM to 7 PM and food trucks will remain in the park until 8 PM. More…
The last cannonball dive has landed with just the right amount of splash, and City of Delaware recreation staff is reflecting on the just completed pool season and already planning for 2022.
This summer was the City’s first since 2011 running the Jack Florance Pool at Mingo Park after taking over operations from the Central Ohio YMCA last year. In 2020, the pool never opened because of COVID, but this year, residents enjoyed a full season, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Total reported admissions for the season were 14,700. The biggest single-day attendance was Monday, July 5, when a whopping 661 residents visited the pool over six hours.
“We brought some fun back to the community and that was our No. 1 goal,” Parks and Natural Resources Director Ted Miller said. More…
The community is invited to tour the renovated City Hall building on Sunday, September 26 from 1-3 PM.
City Hall, 1 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, re-opened earlier this year after being closed in 2020 for renovations and because of COVID. Renovations on the nearly 85-year-old City Hall building’s interior were the first in nearly 30 years and addressed four critical areas: safety and security; public access and customer service; mechanical systems; and workspaces.
Work began on July 6.
The updates were respectful of the building’s history. City Hall currently hosts nearly 40 employees in five departments. More…
As we shared several days ago, the City of Delaware has a brand-new website, one which has a series of new links and tools for citizens to access important information. That post can be read here.
One component of the new site is a dedicated video player to provide access to what the City is calling an “improved meeting management system.”
Public meeting webcasts are moving from Facebook Live to the new system, a feature of the recently updated website. Citizens and interested parties now have digital access to meeting agendas, live webcasting, video recording, and minutes in a central, searchable portal. More…
Those traveling along West Central Avenue near Lexington Avenue may well have seen some activity this week.
The City of Delaware has initiated the installation of pedestrian crossings at Lexington Boulevard and Chatham Lane. The work includes not only sidewalks, but curb ramps, pedestrian push buttons, traffic signal modifications, and rectangular rapid flashing beacons.
Work is expected to take several weeks to complete and should be finalized before the end of October. More…
A key feature of the new City of Delaware website, which launched on Wednesday, is a section for news releases as the city seeks to keep current and potential residents and businesses informed.
With this in mind, we will be sharing these updates here on 1808Delaware.
City Departments to Instruct Next Lifelong Learning Session More…
In a recent announcement on its Facebook page, the City of Delaware shared news that a new city website is on its way.
Expected to be live this Wednesday, the statement indicated that highlights of the new site will include more drop-down menus with links to services, project updates, license and permit applications, payment options, emergency preparedness, and more.
Also included will be an easy “services” option to request assistance, report a concern, or contact a City official. A better mobile experience will also be offered. More…
The Olentangy Watershed Alliance, Keep Delaware County Beautiful, and Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed are partnering to hold the City’s annual Olentangy River Clean-Up.
This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 21 from 9 AM to Noon at 225 Cherry Street in Delaware, the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant facility. Participants should park in the first parking lot to the right of Cherry Street.
We will meet at the Cherry St river access, which is the first parking lot on your right when you turn onto Cherry St. (before the Waste Water Treatment Plant). More…
A new member of Delaware City Council took his seat for his first meeting with that body on Monday night.
Stephen Tackett was selected by fellow Council members on July 8 to serve as its First Ward representative, replacing the retired Chris Jones.
City Council had undertaken a process which involved a series of interviews for six candidates. He was chosen in the second round of voting.
Tackett, a lifelong member of Delaware, was sworn into office by City Attorney Natalia Harris at a special Council meeting taking place immediately before Council’s regular meeting.
We are pleased to welcome Stephen Tackett to City Council tonight. The new 1st Ward rep was sworn in by City Attorney Natalia Harris, with Mayor Riggle, Manager Homan and others looking on. pic.twitter.com/713J5iIwbJ
— Delaware City, Ohio (@Delaware_Ohio) July 12, 2021
On Thursday, the City of Delaware made an announcement on its Facebook Page and website concerning the sale of pool memberships. It read:
“The City of Delaware Parks and Recreation Department is temporarily pausing pool membership sales. This is due to high attendance on weekends and a lack of enough lifeguards that can lead to unsafe conditions. Since May, only City of Delaware residents have been able to purchase memberships. Also, effective 6-19-21, daily fee admissions will be limited to 50 City resident guests (ID required) on weekend days.
We apologize for this action and are doing our best to remedy the situation by aggressively seeking lifeguards and offering lifeguard and lifeguard instructor classes throughout the summer. More…
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Delaware City Council has announced the process for filling the vacant 1st Ward seat.
The deadline to apply is 5 PM, June 30, 2021. Candidates with complete applications will be invited to a public meeting for interviews with City Council on July 8 and (if necessary) July 15, at City Hall.
Candidates must be at least 18 years old and live in the City’s 1st Ward. The appointed candidate can seek election to the seat in November 2021 and, if successful, would serve the remainder of the
term expiring November 2023. More…
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The City of Delaware’s annual Independence Day fireworks display will return July 4, after it was among the many community casualties canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also returning to their usual July 4 slots is the afternoon parade and the outdoor evening concert. Delaware Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle hailed the return of the Independence Day events. “It’s time to bring the community together in celebration,” Riggle said. “And I can’t think of a better time to do it than on the Fourth of July.”
Fireworks, sponsored by the City of Delaware, will launch from the traditional location at the City’s Cherry Street property, with viewing along Henry Street, Sandusky Street and the Ohio Wesleyan University athletic practice fields. More…