Marble Cliff's Tarpy Woods Park received its annual spring checkup Saturday, April 21.

Marble Cliff's Tarpy Woods Park received its annual spring checkup Saturday, April 21.

The Friends of Tarpy Woods, a volunteer group, held its sixth annual work party that day at the park.

The volunteers helped to spruce up the park, picking up any trash they found.

Perhaps the most important task, though, was the continuing effort to eradicate the honeysuckle and other non-native plants spreading throughout the 10-acre park.

"We're making some headway," Friends volunteer Anne Jewel said. "After we remove a large honeysuckle plant, it starts regrowing so fast, but it's a lot easier to remove (a small resprouting)."

The honeysuckle plants are invasive and kill other, more desirable plants around them because they grow on top of them, volunteer Nate Rosenstein said.

In areas where the volunteers have removed honeysuckle, other plants have begun to grow, Friends volunteer John Brooke said.

What is now Tarpy Woods once was the proposed site of a condominium development. Many village residents opposed the development and won passage of a ballot measure in 1999 to set the land aside for a passive park.

"This park was established by residents' initiative," Rosenstein said. "It wasn't the village that did it, so there's a real sense of ownership and responsibility people feel for the park."

He and others make sure to pick up any trash or debris they find when they walk along the park's path, he said.

Most people respect the park and take care of it, Rosenstein said.

Tarpy Woods provides a quiet oasis in an urban community, Jewel said.

"It adds so much to our community," she said.