For Earth Day, the Zionsville Parks and Recreation Dept. is inviting residents to get outside and help remove the invasive garlic mustard plant, which takes over other plants if not routinely pulled out of the ground.
Each April is a designated time for Zionsville residents to offer assistance through the Pull for Parks program, but this year the program is a little different.
“Instead of having people sign up to volunteer and then throughout the month sending them out into the park, this year we’re just focusing on the one weekend, April 21-22,” Zionsville Park Naturalist Mindy Murdock said. “We just have a lot of groups, Scouts and school kids coming out to pull during the week, so we were really focusing the individual volunteer efforts on that one weekend since it’s Earth Day weekend.”
Last year, volunteers removed approximately 219 bags of garlic mustard. All Zionsville parks will benefit from the effort, Murdock said.
“We’re trying to hit all the parks on those two days at least once, if not more,” Murdock said.
Murdock and other employees will educate volunteers on what to look for during their pulls.
More than 260 volunteers from Zionsville Middle School, including parents and teachers, will be out April 10 pulling garlic mustard.
Registration is available through April 16 online at zionsville-in.gov/activities under “Pull for Parks Blitz.” Participants will be emailed additional information on when and where to volunteer. Volunteers must provide their own gloves.