Committee Plans Two Major Events in April

IMG_0094April is going to start the season for the Harrison West Society Parks and Green Space Committee with a bang! We’re planning two major events for the month and are looking for volunteers to lend a hand springing Harrison West into, well, spring.

On April 6, 2013 the committee is expecting more than 100 volunteers to converge on the Olentangy River’s east bank between West 3rd and West 5th Avenues to wrap up the honeysuckle abatement project we started in August 2012. With the help of Battelle, Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, FLOW, and HandsOn Central Ohio, we will remove honeysuckle and other invasive species to open up views of the river long hidden.

Wear sturdy shoes and cover up as much as you can to prevent exposure to poison ivy (which is aggressive in a few locations). Bring gloves if you have them. Inexpensive work gloves are available at many hardware stores and will work fine. Safety goggles will also be helpful. We’ll provide as many pairs of gloves and safety goggles as we can to those who don’t have any. We’ll also have limb saws, loppers, clippers, and other tools on hand, but if you have your own, please bring them along so that we don’t run short. Parking will be available in the Battelle lot off West 5th Avenue; this map shows the lot.

Want to help but aren’t sure you’re up to hauling brush? No problem. We need volunteers who can check volunteers in, serve lunch, and organize the stacking of cut brush. When you check in, let us know that you want to volunteer for light duty.

On April 20, 2012 we will be planting 250 seedlings along the east bank of the Olentangy at Side-by-Side and Harrison Parks.

We are looking for at least 20 volunteers to help out. Wear sturdy shoes and dress to protect yourself from poison ivy. The seedlings we’ll be planting are quite small, so you’ll need only a small hand shovel or auger—just big enough to make 3-inch deep holes in rocky soil. The bank can be steep and slippery, so gloves will also be helpful. Inexpensive work gloves are available at many hardware stores.

For additional information on either event or to volunteer, contact the Harrison West Society Parks and Green Space Committee.

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