The Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department is searching for volunteers to help with "Plant Reynoldsburg" on May 12.

The Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department is searching for volunteers to help with "Plant Reynoldsburg" on May 12.

The annual event aims to beautify the community by having residents plant a variety of flowers in the many beds located near the city's buildings and in its parks.

Parks and Recreation Department secretary Mary Beth Hudson said staff members will be on hand to assist all volunteers during the event, which begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until noon on Saturday, May 12.

Those interested in helping are asked to register now and show up at the municipal building, 7232 E. Main St., by 9 a.m. for their assignments.

The first 50 volunteers will receive a special Plant Reynoldsburg T-shirt specially designed for this year's event.

Traditionally, Hudson said, the turnout has been very good each year.

She said the event is a good way for residents to show off their green thumbs and give back to the community.

"This is a good family event and parents can bring their kids out and help to basically make our great city beautiful, digging in dirt and planting flowers," Hudson said.

"This is also a good opportunity for students who might have service hours for school or scout troops who need service projects," she said.

The parks department's horticulture staff will be on hand to provide the plants, instructions, tools, kneepads and refreshments, Hudson said.

Participants are encouraged to bring trowels and gloves, if they have them.

Hudson said the flowers used are grown in the department's two greenhouses located on Truro Road. Typically, more than 4,000 plants are planted each year, she said.

A variety of flowers are available, including annuals, lantana, angelonia, and some gomphrenas, elephant ears, petunias and coleus.

Volunteers will be planting flowers at Huber Park and Civic Park, the Senior Center and in the areas around the municipal and police buildings and the school district's administration building, Hudson said.

"If you like to garden and love your city and want to see it as beautiful as it has been in years past, then we encourage folks to volunteer and make a difference in the community," she said.

Plant Reynoldsburg will go on, rain or shine, she said. Coffee, juice and doughnuts will be provided for all volunteers.

Those interested in volunteering should call the parks and recreation department at (614) 322-6806 to register.