The new headquarters for the Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control will officially open on Monday, Oct. 3, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.

Lower Olentangy Urban Arboretum partners will begin planting 170 trees on Saturday, Oct. 1, and then continue the following two Saturdays.

Arboretum partners and volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Indianola Informal K-8 School parking lot on the north side of Weber Road on Oct. 1, 8 and 15. An Ohio Department of Natural Resources staff member will give everyone a quick lesson on how to plant a tree before volunteers are teamed up.

"We expect to plant approximately 60 trees each of the three work days" arboretum president Mike McLaughlin said in making the announcement. "Trees range in height from 6 feet to 8 feet. Most are in containers, but a few are balled and in burlap."

Anyone is welcome to volunteer and is encouraged to contact Peter Kovarik at pkovarik@ or 261-0092, so that arboretum workers can make sure to have enough supplies available.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring a shovel. Arboretum partners will be providing water.

McLaughlin also announced that the preliminary arboretum walks have been drawn.

There are two, one short and one long. Both walks begin at the Indianola Informal k-8 School at 251 W. Weber Road, where the "school administration has generously agreed to allow future arboretum visitors to park in the north parking lot," McLaughlin wrote in the announcement.

The short walk, expected to take less than an hour, will highlight 34 native Franklin County deciduous trees, while the longer walk highlights 43. Although the long walk hasn't been measured yet, it takes visitors by two neighborhood churches, through a city park and past an organic grocery store, a tavern and a Dairy Queen.

Work on the arboretum will continue into the winter with partner organizations working on making the tree markers for those identified on the walks, working with city administration to advise regarding signs for the two routes and safety improvements, and printing the walk brochures.

"LOUA will also continue to work with the city's department of recreation and parks, whose support for the arboretum project has really been above and beyond, for a possible supplementary tree planting in the spring," McLaughlin indicated.

Arboretum board members are shooting for a spring ribbon-cutting event while the dogwoods are in bloom, he added.