The City of Aberdeen has announced that the 2020 SPLASH Festival will be canceled. Parks Director Stacie Barnum said in a press release that planning the large event takes months and this year relies on unknowns like public gathering restrictions.

Barnum said “we had to make the tough decision to not hold the festival this year. We appreciate all the support from local businesses including our major sponsor, FIVE STAR Dealerships.”

As information becomes available, and restrictions are changed, they hope to find creative solutions, and staff are working on contingency plans for recreational opportunities.

Watch the city’s website for details at aberdeenwa.gov

The entire press release follows:

Unfortunately, due to the Public Health Emergency, the City of Aberdeen Parks Department cancelled the 2020 SPLASH Festival. An event of this size requires staff to begin planning in January. With the current restrictions on group sizes, and not knowing when restrictions will be lifted, we had to make the tough decision to not hold the festival this year. We appreciate all the support from local businesses including our major sponsor, FIVE STAR Dealerships. The SPLASH Festival was an opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy the festivities that Aberdeen has to offer.
As information becomes available, and restrictions are changed, we hope to find creative solutions for our community. Staff continue to come up with contingency plans for providing recreational opportunities. The City understands the importance of our parks, recreation programs and events/festivals to both our citizens and our visitors. We appreciate your understanding during these very challenging times.