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Kneelin’ Season! Adopt-a-Bed Program Resumes

Harrison West Park Photo

Harrison West Park

With spring kinda-sorta here, the Harrison West Society’s Parks and Green Space Committee has relaunched its Adopt-a-Bed program. It’s time to get down on those knees and weed for the good of the neighborhood!

Harrison West has a large number of parks and green spaces that need regular maintenance, and the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department needs our help to keep them up. We’re looking for volunteers to adopt beds and ensure that they’re weeded and trash free by visiting them once per month from April through November. To make the cleanup a community project, we have organized two work days each month when volunteers can join their fellow adopters for some socializing before or after getting their knees dirty.

We will meet the last Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Harrison Park Condos Community Center for doughnuts before heading out (bring coffee or your own favorite morning drink). We’ll also meet the Wednesday before the last Saturday (which may not always be the last Wednesday, so watch your calendar) for “Cocktails and Cleanup.” We’ll meet at 6 p.m. at Side-by-Side Park, spend an hour working on our beds, then grab a brew and a bite at Caffe’ Apropos or another neighborhood eatery.

Scheduled work days (with an exception or two noted) are listed below.
Saturday, April 20 (this Earth Day opportunity replaces our normal work day, April 27)
Wednesday, April 24
Wednesday, May 22
Saturday, May 25
Wednesday, June 26
Saturday, June 29
Wednesday, July 24
Saturday, July 27
Wednesday, August 21
Saturday, August 24
Wednesday, September 25
Saturday, September 28
Wednesday, October 23
Saturday, October 26
November 9 (instead of November 30; our only work day in November and last of our season)

Here are the beds and green spaces in Harrison West. (The beds in orange have already been adopted.) To adopt a bed, contact Bob Mangia, chair of the committee.

Harrison Park

  • south entrance
  • turtle bed
  • gazebo, south wing
  • gazebo, west semicircle
  • gazebo, north wing
  • welcome sign bed
  • Community sculpture bed
  • Funk-ee-Town entrance
  • Funk-ee-Town interior
  • Harrison Park Place triangle
  • north entrance

Side by Side Park

  • west bed, south half
  • west bed, north half
  • east bed, south half
  • east bed, north half

Harrison West Park

  • raised bed
  • central bed

Green Spaces

  • bed at the northwest corner of the Olentangy Recreation Trail and West Third Avenue
  • bed at the northeast corner of Olentangy River Road and West Third Avenue
  • bed at the southeast corner of Olentangy River Road and West Third Avenue
  • traffic island on West Third Avenue at the Olentangy Recreation Trail
  • traffic island on West Fifth Avenue at Perry Street
  • traffic island on West Fifth Avenue at the Olentangy Recreation Trail
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