A demolition project in Coffman Park has created an all-new volunteer opportunity for Dublin's Earth Month.
As part of its monthlong environmentally-centric events in April, city staff members are asking Dublin residents to assist them in clearing a section of land formerly the site of the Nyrop house.
The city demolished the house late last summer, said Jay Anderson, Dublin's director of park operations. The land on which the house sat was part of Coffman Park and the city is now planning to plant native grasses and trees to replace and prohibit the growth of invasive plant species.
"They're very aggressive," Anderson said.
The cleanup is planned from 9 a.m. to noon April 22 in Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway.
In addition to planting new species and uprooting invasive ones, volunteers can also clean up litter in the park between the Watch House art installation and the Dublin Community Recreation Center.
Litter cleanup will also take place along the creek line, which is a tributary of the Scioto River.
Volunteers can also prepare Giving Garden beds in Coffman Park for vegetable planting.
City employees a month ago went to the area where the house once stood to start removing some of the invasive plants, Anderson said, to make the space easier to traverse.
"There's still plenty more to be done over there as part of the project," he said.
The city plans to allow the land to remain a naturalized space, Anderson said, that could be a place for future nature education programming. No playgrounds or paved paths are planned to be installed there, he said.
The south fork of Indian Run splits the land in half, Anderson said.
Wildlife including birds, other small animals and deer call the area home.
A nature education program offered by the Dublin Community Recreation Center is planned from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, April 6, in the DCRC Art Stable, 5600 Post Road, it will include the history of the domestication of herps -- amphibians and reptiles.
The Dublin Community Recreation Center will offer an introduction to walking and watching dogs and observing nature from 4 to 5 p.m. April 13 in the M.L. "Red" Trabue Nature Reserve, 6566 Post Road.
In partnership with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, Environmental Enterprises, Ashland and Rumpke, Dublin will host household hazardous waste collection from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 at Ashland, 5200 Blazer Parkway.
Hazardous household items, other household items and electronic items can be dropped off for proper disposal.
Ashland will also collect canned goods or monetary donations for Operation Feed.
This year's Arbor Day celebration is planned from 9 a.m. to noon April 29 at Post Preserve Park on Royal Plume Drive.
Attendees will be able to learn how to properly prune and mulch trees and take home free tree seedlings.
City Forester Paula Chope said the city will hand out five different species of trees, including basalm fur, Kentucky coffeetree, redbud, tuliptree and sweet shrub. Refreshments will be available, and attendees can participate in a raffle for container trees.
More information about Earth Month events can be found at dublinohiousa.gov.