Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon appears to totally obscure the sun. The last total solar eclipse visible in Ohio was in 1806. The next total solar eclipse in Ohio will be in the year 2099.
Although the City of Kettering is not hosting viewing events for this momentous occasion, preparations are being made to safely manage potentially large crowds in our city and throughout the region.
City offices will be open Monday, April 8. Please avoid excess telephone usage to help keep lines open and available in the event that the average number of calls increases dramatically due to potential crowds in our community.
  • Traffic could be heavy, especially near parks or optimal view areas.
  • Local parks may be crowded with viewers.
  • Limited public restroom facilities are available at our parks.
  • Stock up on food, water, gas and prescriptions on or before April 6 and 7.
  • Find a safe viewing area.
  • Limit travel to essential purposes as traffic may be heavy.
  • Allow for extra time for travel.
  • Keep a paper map on hand, if necessary, as cell service could be limited.
  • Use cell phone sparingly.
  • Call 9-1-1 for emergencies only to help keep available lines open.
  • Wear specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing as outlined in the Ohio Emergency Management Agency safety guidelines.
Changes in service:
  • Rumpke will start collecting trash and recycling as early as 2 a.m. for Monday customers. Please place carts by the curb Sunday, April 7.
  • The Kettering Recreation Complex and Kettering Fitness and Wellness Center (Trent Arena) will close at 11 a.m. on April 8, due to potential traffic issues (both will be open from 5:30 to 11 a.m.).
  • The Kettering Municipal Court will close at noon on April 8 (open from 8 a.m. to noon).
  • Polen Farm, Habitat Environmental Center, Rosewood Arts Center, Fraze Fanfare and Yard Debris Center will be closed April 8.
The Kettering Recreation Complex will open as a shelter facility in the event of emergency.
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