Parks &  Recreation Update

March 26, 2020

Starting today, the basketball courts and skate park in Adventure Park, pickleball courts in Library Park and tennis courts in Arbor Ridge Park will be closed until further notice. Playgrounds and public restrooms remain closed.

Residents are encouraged to use the parks and paths but need to practice social distancing and good hygiene:

-Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface

-Avoid touching your face

-Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow

-Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible

We ask that park visitors who observe a full parking lot upon arrival consider visiting a different, less crowded park.

City of Powell Parks

Arbor Ridge Park – 500 Bennett Parkway

Beechwood Park – located behind Scioto Ridge Elementary School

Library Park – 420 South Liberty Street

Meadowview Park – 329 Ashmoore Drive

Murphy Park – 47 Murphy Parkway

Village Green Park – 47 Hall Street

Well-being house watch now available for residents

March 25, 2020

If you are a resident with the City of Powell and a senior citizen, live alone, or have a medical condition which prevents you from leaving your home, call the Powell Police Department and request a Well-being House Watch.  You may call 614-396-3354 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays to set it up

A police officer will come to your house once a day (between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.), to check on you and make sure you are receiving the services you need.

The officer will call you and/or knock on your door. Please respond but maintain the recommended six-foot distance. To avoid spreading the virus, the officer will not come into your home, but will talk to you from your porch.

This option will be available throughout the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order issued by the State of Ohio.

Stay-at-Home Order Issued for Ohioans

11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2020-11:59 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2020

On Sunday, March 22th, under the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH issued a director’s order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 beginning at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 23, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. This order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. Residents can return home from out of state and can leave the state.

Read the order here

FAQs from the Ohio Department of Health

Resources from the Delaware General Health District

The Delaware General Health District, in coordination with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is closely monitoring coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

COVID-2019 Fact Sheet (Delaware General Health District)

Travel Tips (Delaware General Health District)

Frequently Asked Questions (CDC)

Get the latest information from the Delaware General Health District here.

City Operational Changes in Response to COVID-19

The City is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and take all necessary and precautionary measures to keep our community and staff healthy and safe. The City plans to limit in-person services and close the main Municipal Building entrance, located at 47 Hall Street, until further notice. Most services will continue to be available online, by phone or email.

There will be drop off boxes located outside the Municipal Building entrance for those that need to drop off documents, plans, etc. Please email or call prior to delivery and let the appropriate staff member know what is being dropped off.  If you have items to pick up, there will be a separate pick-up box for that. Items will be bundled with your name on them.

Building Department 

-Residential inspections will stop on all occupied buildings until further notice. This does not include outdoor project inspections, such as decks, screen porches, pergolas, sheds, patios, pools, etc.

-Inspections for commercial, multi-family new buildings, and residential new buildings will continue with scheduling occurring online here or by the inspection phone line at 614-802-1200.

-If you’re dropping off drawings, permit applications or other documents, there will be a drop box near the Municipal Building Main Entrance, 47 Hall Street. Please email or call prior to delivery and let us know what you will be dropping off.

-If you have items to pick up, there will be a separate pick-up box for that. You will be notified via email with an invoice attached. Items will be bundled with your name on them.

-Fees may be paid online here once you have received an invoice from the City.

Public Safety

– The Powell Police Department and Liberty Township Fire Department have reviewed and are implementing response protocols for their agencies that will ensure first responders are in the best position possible to serve our community.

-As conditions change, the Powell Police may modify call responses, change staffing or assignments based upon operational need, or take other action to ensure the continuation of essential services.

-The Police Department is suspending fingerprinting services until further notice.

-The Police Department is suspending child seat safety checks until further notice. We recommend residents refer to their car seat and vehicle owner’s manuals and/or the car seat manufacturer website (they often have videos, they can call the manufacturer for information as well).

-The Citizens Police Academy has been postponed until further notice.

-Residents with flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, or new onset shortness of breath) who call for police and fire services will be asked about international travel and contact with others who have been exposed to COVID-19.

Parks & Recreation

-All Powell Parks & Recreation classes will be canceled through Friday, May 1. Refunds will be issued accordingly. The staff will continue to monitor and reevaluate the situation and communicate with our families and contractors.

-Summer registration has been postponed until further notice. We will update everyone the week of *April 27, 2020* on registration dates for summer programs and camps.

-Please continue to follow our social media pages for #StayatHome ideas and activities for the whole family.

Parks & Facilities

-Park restrooms will be closed; however, parks will remain open for now.

-Park facility rentals will be suspended (e.g. athletic fields and shelters) until further notice.

-The use of the City’s Community Room and Municipal Building Council Chambers will be suspended until further notice.

Public Meetings & Events

-All public meetings and community events organized by the City of Powell have been canceled or postponed until further notice.

-The annual Powell Easter Egg Hunt presented by the Powell United Methodist Church scheduled for Saturday, April 4 has been canceled.

-Arbor Day Ceremony scheduled for Friday, April 24 has been canceled.

-Touch-a-Truck scheduled for Friday, May 1 has been canceled.

-The City is making every effort possible to limit non-essential public access to city facilities and staff.

-Meetings in the Municipal Building, Powell Police Department or Adventure Park Recreation Facility will be postponed until further notice for non-essential meetings.

-People who have business with the City are urged to do so by phone or email if possible. We are encouraging individuals to schedule an appointment in advance to speak in person with employees.

Tips to Prevent Flu and Other Infectious Disease

-Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands

-Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable

-Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

-Stay home when you are sick

-Avoid contact with people who are sick.

-Also, clean high-touch areas – counters, tables, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, nightstands – every day using household cleaning spray or wipes according to label directions.


Megan Canavan
Communications Director
614.885.5380 ext. 1022


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To learn more about the COVID-19 pandemic and what to do, visit the Delaware General Health District’s websiteDelaware County Info