Reynoldsburg's first community garden was successful enough to win a first-place award in environmental programming from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.

Reynoldsburg's first community garden was successful enough to win a first-place award in environmental programming from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association.

OPRA executive director Woody Woodward said the collaboration between Truro Township and the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department, along with other local entities, to establish the Livingston Community Garden behind Fire Station 162 at 6305 E. Livingston Ave. was key to earning the recognition.

"One of the things we looked at and they excelled at was partnerships and bringing communities together," he said. "They were able to bring in a number of groups from around their community, different interest groups and whatnot, in order to bring it together and make it everything it could be."

He said more than 100 applications from throughout the state were received for consideration in OPRA's 2010 Awards of Excellence program.

Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department director Jason Shamblin said the joint venture with Truro Township also involved residents and businesses, including Fisher's Gardens, Reynoldsburg High School's Green Teens Club, Sustainable Reynoldsburg, Crossroads Community Development Corp., the Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, the East Livingston Baptist Church and the Girl Scouts of America.

For more on this story, see the Dec. 2 edition of ThisWeek Reynoldsburg.