Reynoldsurg City Council approved a memorandum of understanding Monday with Truro Township to establish a community garden this spring at 6305 E. Livingston Ave.

Reynoldsurg City Council approved a memorandum of understanding Monday with Truro Township to establish a community garden this spring at 6305 E. Livingston Ave.

The site is behind Truro Township Fire Station 162 on East Livingston Avenue and will take up about a quarter of an acre on a 5.5-acre portion of township property.

The memorandum of understanding between the township and the city serves to make the collaboration official, with the township donating the land and the city being responsible for promoting the community garden and maintaining it.

City parks and recreation director Jason Shamblin said a few people have already asked about securing a plot once the garden opens in April.

There will be a total of 16 plots available; each one will measure 10 feet by 20 feet. Shamblin said there is room to increase the number of plots if needed.

He said the yearly fee to secure a plot is $30 each. The garden's hours of operation will basically be daylight hours, similar to the dawn-to-dusk hours observed at city parks every day.

Shamblin said a number of area organizations will volunteer their time to assist in contributing to the garden, including Fisher's Gardens, Reynoldsburg High School's Green Teens Club, Sustainable Reynoldsburg, the Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church and the Girls Scouts of America.

He said the Livingston Seed Co. has donated a variety of seeds for people using the garden, and some educational classes will be offered at the site on weekends.

"We've already made contact with The Ohio State University's extension services and talked to them about the different programming, as well as the Franklin Park Conservatory," Shamblin said.

"Even folks who have never planted a garden before we want to be able to have assistants and maybe mentors there throughout the season that can help," he said.

Shamblin said the volunteers and the community garden's eventual users will be responsible for administering the space.

"When you come in and sign up, we're going to ask you to take a role in the upkeep of the space in the garden there," he said.

He said users can plant anything in the garden they want -- as long as it's legal --including flowers and vegetables. The garden will be fenced and plots will be marked and tilled before it opens in April.

The fact that the garden will be located right behind the fire department will be a good deterrent to any vandalism, he said.

"We also hope that with the folks being involved in that community that there will be some ownership in that," Shamblin said. "By the response already, I think it's going to be a success and I think we'll fill it up this year. We're excited to be able to offer it to the residents."

Those interested in signing up for a plot in the community garden should call the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department at (614) 322-6806.