The city of Gahanna will host a Spring Clean 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 26, with the walk set to begin at 8:45 and the run at 9 a.m. at Creekside Plaza, 123 Mill St.

The city of Gahanna will host a Spring Clean 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 26, with the walk set to begin at 8:45 and the run at 9 a.m. at Creekside Plaza, 123 Mill St.

Registration may be made the Gahanna Department of Parks and Recreation department between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through April 25 or at Buck Mulligan's Irish Pub between 5 and 9 p.m. on April 25.

The $20 entry fee will be waived for anyone who participated in the city's Reduce Reuse Recycle Day on April 19. Gahanna residents picked up trash in neighborhoods, cleaned out flower beds, prepared parks for the spring bloom and pulled invasive plants to help wooded areas prosper.

Also on April 19, the parks department held a shredding day, as well as a furniture and canned goods collection to benefit local charities. The city collected canned goods for Gahanna Residents in Need and furniture for Material Assistance Providers furniture bank.

In conjunction with the 5K event Saturday, there will be a spring fling from 1 to 2:30 p.m. with a scavenger hunt at 2 p.m. at Creekside Park. Participants will explore the outdoors with bug boxes, flower planting and fishing activities.

"The spring fling is not new," said recreation supervisor Abbey Brooks. "We have done it for many years."

Brooks said the city usually holds the spring fling in conjunction with an Easter egg hunt. This year parks officials decided to move the event back a month, Brooks said.

In the past, spring fling has drawn about 500 participants. Organizers anticipate at least that many this year, Brooks said.

The spring fling and spring clean meet the department's goals in a variety of ways, she said. The program fits in with health and welfare goals by getting people out. The program also ties into the city's walking and running clubs.

Brooks said the spring clean and fling also tie into the reduce reuse and recycle event; participants can pitch in rather than pay the fee.

"Were giving back to people in our own community," Brooks said.

The scavenger hunt is new, Brooks said. She said organizers wanted an event like the Easter egg hunt so the scavenger hunt was added.

"There will be clues all throughout Creekside Park and Plaza," Brooks said, adding the scavenger hunt is for children of all ages.