Tallmadge cancels Circle Fest, offers more memberships to Maca

Krista S. Kano
Akron Beacon Journal
Tallmadge Maca Aquatic Center will offer 500 more membership passes, due to the announcement that Gov. Mike DeWine would lift health orders on June 2.

With the recent announcement that all health orders in Ohio would be lifted on June 2, Tallmadge city officials are determining how quickly they can return to "normal," and what more they can offer to residents now that they no longer have to adhere to stringent requirements. 

Here's what we know so far:

Circle Festival and Light Parade: On May 17, The city and the Tallmadge Chamber of Commerce made a joint decision to cancel Circle Fest for a second year in a row. The event typically happens in August.

"We made that decision not knowing the rules because it takes multiple months of planning," Mayor David Kline said. "Everyone is booking and rebooking, and so vendors aren't available." 

The city is working on creating a new fall festival this year, but Kline said that it will not replace Circle Fest. 

Maca Pool: This year, the city opted to not offer day passes and stick with only full membership passes, which all sold out by March 18. Given the lifted restrictions, Tallmadge is now offering another 500 membership passes, starting with those individuals who have been on a wait list. Day passes will still not be permitted.

The pool has been unable to find enough lifeguards who are certified to teach swim lessons, so those will still not be offered.

Recreation Center: Public service director Mike Rorar said that because the rec center is an indoor facility that serves many children under the vaccination age, they are waiting on the new official CDC guidelines before changing any policies. 

"Over the next two weeks, I'd like to stress patience," Rorar said. "We want to see the CDC guidelines and what they're stating." 

Starting May 17, the rec center updated its mask policy. Now, unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a mask in all common areas, but may remove their mask while actively working out and maintaining 6 feet of social distance. Fully vaccinated individuals are encouraged, but not required to wear a mask in all common areas. 

Rental facilities: Outdoor shelters became available on May 1, and indoor halls were already set to open in early June. 

Tallmadge Farmers Market: The Farmers Market was canceled last year due to the pandemic, but will return this year starting June 17. The market will be held every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. in the Tallmadge Recreation Center parking lot through Oct. 14. 

City Hall: As of May 19, city hall is open to the public 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Starting June 2, those hours will be modified to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Employee operations continue to be 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

"That's always subject to change, but we want to give employees time to get back into their offices, and get their schedules figured out before we welcome people to come in whenever," Kline explained. 

Also as of May 19, masks are encouraged inside city hall, but no longer required, and the city will no longer perform a symptoms check on visitors. CDC recommendations remain posted, and visitors are asked to follow those rules. 

Public meetings: All city meetings held after June 2 will be held in-person at City Hall, with the exception of a June 3 Planning and Zoning meeting that has already been publicized as virtual. City council's first in-person meeting will be on June 10. 

All meetings will be recorded, but not livestreamed. Recordings will publish on the city's website and Youtube channel the following day, and only the most recent meeting for each group will be available online. 

Music on the Circle: Kline said that the city has scheduled a couple acts to perform outdoor concerts on Saturday evenings in the summer and are still working on filling more slots. Concerts will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Reporter Krista S. Kano can be reached at 330-541-9416, kkano@thebeaconjournal.com or on Twitter @KristaKanoABJ.