rain garden prep On behalf of final group 091209Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries (FACT),         thank  you to the thirty-three volunteers who took time on a beautiful Saturday morning (Sept. 12th) to plant a rain garden and remove invasive honeysuckle in Casto Park.   Overall, 78 native wildflowers and grasses were planted next to the picnic shelter in a rain garden and nearly 300 linear feet of invasive honeysuckle was removed along West Spring Run.  These actions are important!

Special thanks to the following organizations, businesses, and individuals:

  • Otterbein College for providing outstanding volunteer “Plunge” helpers this spring and fall 2009 at Casto Park to hands-on address erosion along West Spring Run.
  • Ohio Dominican University students who helped turn the ground in the early hours and stayed past lunch to help clean up.
  • Ohio American Water Company for funding the rain garden plant materials plus the future trees/bushes to be installed in October.
  • Stephanie Suter at Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District for her rain garden technical expertise.
  • Tina Mohn, from Columbus Recreation and Parks, for providing on the ground assistance and city encouragement.
  • Columbus Recreation and Park Dept. for supporting the project, and providing wood mulch chips and safety fencing.
  • Walt Reiner, President of Top Soil Direct, for donating organic compost.
  • John Stark, President of Deck Masters, for donating Bobcat equipment service and labor with earth digging preparation
  • Duncan Campbell for pick-up truck hauling and labor.