With spring well underway, the city has scheduled two community programs to help beautify and clean up Reynoldsburg.

Plant Reynoldsburg

Plant Reynoldsburg is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon May 19 at the Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St.

Parks & Recreation Director Donna Bauman said volunteers are invited to bring their own trowels to help plant flowers -- most of which were grown in the city's greenhouses.

"We have several Girl Scouts scheduled to help plant and some other groups, but anyone who wants to show up and help is welcome," she said.

"We will have some tools available, but people should bring their own gloves and trowels, if they can."

Bauman said people who arrive at 9 a.m. May 19 would get a Plant Reynoldsburg T-shirt and a breakfast snack first.

"Our city horticulturist would then show everyone which plants are needed in which areas, and how to plant them," she said.

"We would like people to call the Parks & Recreation office if they are going to participate, but we will take people that just show up that morning, too."

She said the main concentration for May 19 would be around City Hall.

"We will try to get over to the Senior Center if we have enough people and time, but our main goal is to plant around City Hall," Bauman said.

Those interested in Plant Reynoldsburg should call the Parks & Recreation Department at 614-322-6806.

Clean-up Day

The city's annual Community Clean-up Day is an opportunity for residents to drop off unwanted items -- big and small -- to be shredded or recycled, Service Director Bill Sampson said.

People may drop off items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at the Municipal Building parking lot.

"Habitat for Humanity will again be on site and they will take furniture, appliances and building materials, but not old televisions or electronic devices," Sampson said.

During those hours, residents may drop off boxes of paper to be shredded; new and used home goods and building materials for Habitat for Humanity; old appliances for Lowes Hardware representatives and old computers and other electronics, with the exception of televisions and CRT monitors.

Old and broken bicycles may also be dropped off, along with old, worn and damaged flags.

Large dumpsters will be available for bulk item disposal from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 4-8 at the city street department, 7806 E. Main St.

Hazardous materials will not be accepted, either in the dumpsters or on Clean-up Day, Sampson said.

He said household hazardous materials include oil-based paint, paint stripper, paint thinner, antifreeze, bug/insect killer, hobby chemicals, metal cleaners, photographic materials and pesticides.

For guidance on what might be hazardous household waste, visit swaco.org.

"The city's community cleanup day creates a sense of community and brings people together," Sampson said. "Not only does it serve a practical purpose, such as cleaning and revitalizing areas around our city, but residents often leave the event with a greater sense of unity, friendship and purpose."

Free garage sales

The week includes free garage sale days from June 2-10.

City permits and fees are waived for all garage sales and sales do not count toward the limit for the year. Signs are permitted only at the site of the sale, however.

Large community garage sales are planned for June 2 in several Reynoldsburg neighborhoods, including Kingswood Farm, Marabar Heights, Briarcliff and Slate Ridge.

For questions, call 614-322-6806.

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