The City of Greenwood, IN

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GREENWOOD, Ind. – Out of an abundance of caution to help mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Greenwood today announced the cancellation of its 2020 Freedom Festival. The patriotic community celebration, which draws more than 60,000 people annually, takes place the last Saturday every June and was scheduled for June 27, 2020.

“This was a very difficult decision, but we must prioritize the health and safety of citizens,” said Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers. “Given the current uncertainty regarding public and social activity, as well as the continued negative impact of COVID-19, we were left with no other choice. Postponement was discussed, but unfortunately, that route is not feasible.”

City officials announced additional updates for events and public recreation facilities. All dates are based upon current guidelines issued for the State of Indiana and subject to change given new information and potential future restrictions on social gatherings.

  • Tennis courts, basketball courts, pickleball courts, skate parks and softball diamonds scheduled to open May 25
  • Greenwood Community Center opening scheduled for May 25 for members only
    • Maximum capacity – 100 people
    • Kid City remains closed until at least July 6
    • Access limited to front entry
    • Fitness Equipment allocated per social distancing guidelines
    • No adult/youth programs
    • Drinking fountains not in use (bottle fillers only)
    • Locker rooms/showers closed
    • Courts open for shoot around only; no game play allowed; visitors must bring their own ball
  • Mud Day, scheduled to take place on June 5, has been canceled
  • Freedom Springs Aquatic Center opening scheduled for June 15 for members only; per state and CDC guidelines, permitted occupancy will be 50%
    • June 19 Adult Night – Canceled
    • July 9 Family Fun Night – Planned as scheduled
    • July 24 Adult Night – Planned as scheduled
    • August 14 Adult Night – Planned as scheduled
  • Shelter house rental scheduling is open for bookings beginning June 15; rentals exceeding an occupancy of 250 allowed beginning July 4
  • Summer Camp, which was originally planned to start on May 26, is now scheduled to start on June 15; this may change depending on decisions regarding local schools
  • City Center Park splash pad scheduled to open June 15
  • Registration for fall Before/After-School Care begins June 15; timing and implementation of the program will depend on decisions regarding local schools
  • Summer Concert Series will begin July 11; the series may be extended through August and September to accommodate additional concerts
  • Private events (runs, walks, block parties, etc.) continue to be prohibited

“This is a fluid situation, and we will continue to monitor it closely, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), along with state and county health departments,” said Myers. “We understand the disappointment and inconvenience these decisions may cause, but we believe the potential risks of inaction are too great to ignore.”