Grove City is going green for its newest community event.

Grove City is going green for its newest community event.

The inaugural EcoFest, a daylong celebration showcasing green exhibitors and interactive family activities to inspire the community to live healthier and protect the environment, will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Henceroth Park, 2075 Mallow Lane, just south of Jackson Middle School.

"It gives us a chance to show some of our environmentally friendly projects around the community," said Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage. "It's just a good thing that shows that communities do care and the environment can be impacted on a local level."

Linda Rosine, the city's environmental coordinator, said the goal of EcoFest is to show people the different opportunities available to be environmentally sustainable in the community and at home.

"A lot of this stuff is simple, that they can do in their own homes," she said. "What I want them to do is have fun and know there's a lot we're doing in Grove City for the environment. It's easy to be green."

Vendors and exhibitors will be on hand to provide environmental education on topics such as waste, composting, storm-water education, rain-harvesting and solar installations. Among the confirmed groups are the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, Gardens at Gantz Park, the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, Rain Brothers, Ecohouse Solar and Wild Ones.

Clean Fuels Ohio will host a Ride & Drive from noon to 4 p.m. for people who want to drive an electric car, and the Grove City Tree Commission will demonstrate proper tree-planting.

"We have two (electric car) charging stations in Grove City," Rosine said. "I'm sure quite a few people don't know about those."

EcoFest also will promote healthy living. The Kids Zone will include an obstacle course and basketball and football toss, and the Healthy Living and Wellness Zone will showcase various forms of fitness and offer classes such as yoga, karate, Zumba, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and 9Round.

In addition, Mount Carmel Health System will present a Bike with Mayor Ike Bike Tour at 9:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

"It'll be a perfect family event," Stage said.

Registration and a map for the Bike with Mayor Ike Bike Tour is available at ecofest.grovecityohio. gov. The event is for all ages, and there are different routes available depending on ability.

"We are doing more and more in Grove City about sustainability," Rosine said. "We thought the timing was right because we work with so many environmental groups ... and felt it was important to share that with the residents."

For more information about EcoFest, go to ecofest.grovecity