By Christine Bryant
The city will once again offer an opportunity for residents to help beautify the community by holding its annual Plant Reynoldsburg in May.
This year’s event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon May 7, and organizers say they are in need of volunteers to help plant flowers in beds located throughout the city. Volunteers can sign up in advance as individuals or groups, or are invited to show up that morning as well, said Donna Bauman, director of the city’s parks and recreation department.
Organizers created the event to help reduce tax dollars spent on labor for planting flowers, which are grown in the city’s greenhouse during the winter months.
“Having volunteers plant the flowers saves the taxpayers approximately $1,500,” Bauman said.
The event, which Bauman says marks the end of frost-covered grass and the hope of warmer temperatures, draws nearly two dozen volunteers each year. She says she hopes even more will help at this year’s event.
“This event is important to the community because it brings residents young and old together to beautify our city,” she said.
Volunteers should bring gloves and a trowel if possible, though some will be available during the event. The number of volunteers will determine which areas are planted that morning, though initial plans include planting at city hall and the senior center.
“Planting flowers is a fun and relaxing event that helps build a sense of community pride and new friendships,” Bauman said.
Volunteers should meet at city hall, 7232 E. Main St., where coffee, juice and pastries will be available throughout the morning. The event will be held rain or shine, and Bauman said the event is open to the entire family. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
For information or to sign up to volunteer, call the parks and recreation office at (614) 322-6806.