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Greenwood Freedom Festival canceled because of COVID-19

Posted at 10:26 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 10:26:56-04

GREENWOOD — The city of Greenwood announced Wednesday it canceled its annual Freedom Festival to help mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19.

The 2020 Freedom Festival was scheduled for June 27. It draws more than 60,000 annually, the city said.

“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.”

The city also announced updates for recreation facilities, based on the guidelines issued by the state.

  • Playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, pickleball courts, skate parks and softball diamonds scheduled to open May 24

Greenwood Community Center opening scheduled for May 24 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