TALLMADGE – Although the pool, playgrounds and Farmers’ Market will remain closed, gardeners will be able to plant their gardens.

Tallmadge Community Gardens will open June 12.

Due to the current concerns with COVID-19, the garden will be free of charge this year and registration forms will only be accepted via email, mail, and City Hall drop box, according to Andrea Kidder, community development. Email is preferred, and no in-person registration will be accepted.

"At this time I am working on finalizing the updated registration form and required guidelines for our gardeners," Kidder said.

To participate in the garden, gardeners will be required to adhere to all public health requirements including social distancing and gathering guidelines, Kidder said. To eliminate the issue of shared hoses, a foot hydrant will be installed for watering which will require gardeners to bring watering cans/buckets. Hoses will not be provided by the city.

"We are in discussion about the possibility of bringing your own hose," Kidder said. "That information will be included in the guidelines I will be sending when complete."

The ordering and installation of the foot hydrant determined the opening date for the garden, she said.

"As we have done in the past, registration will open early for 2019 participants only to claim the plot or plots they tended last year," Kidder said. "Once the registration form and guidelines are complete, I will send them out along with additional information about registration dates."

Although some communities have decided they will open their pools, Maca pool’s water area and grass area would limit it to 113 people, so opening was not feasible, said Mayor David Kline.

"There is no one who wants to open Maca Pool more than me, but logistically it can’t happen," Kline said.

The Farmer‘s Market also is canceled for the season due to low vendor interest caused by coronavirus concerns.

"Over the last two months we have been communicating with vendors and have received less than half the interest normally received each year," stated representatives from the Tallmadge Farmer’s Market in a May 22 notice posted on Facebook. "We also have concerns regarding shoppers and if they are likely to show up during this time along with implementing and enforcing the many safety guidelines set by local and state officials. We appreciate the vendor and community support received both past and present, and we look forward to returning in 2021."

Gannett reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at lfreeman@recordpub.com