Lancaster – Landscaping and clean-up work are being done on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus this week. It's work that will make the campus more beautiful for the upcoming Lancaster Festival and for years to come.
"Workers from Stone Haven Landscape Design are replacing our mulch with river rock behind Herrold Hall and the area near The Zone behind Brasee Hall," said Building Maintenance Superintendent Mark Bateson. "They're also putting in new flowers and shrubs."
The work is being done on the backside of the buildings. It is the side that faces the Lancaster Festival grounds on the campus back lawn. Some of the plants were dying in those locations because that is where many people go outside to smoke.
"Some were flicking their cigarette butts into the mulch when they were finished smoking. That would catch the mulch on fire and end up burning the plants," said Bateson. "So, we decided to replace the mulch with river rock, to protect the plants."
Recent storms have also pushed trees and debris under the foot bridge that leads to the festival site from the Lancaster Campus parking lot. Bateson said grounds crews are working to clean up the area and get it ready for the festival.
"The Lancaster Festival is a wonderful event that brings thousands of people to our campus," said Bateson. "We want it to look its best and for everyone to experience the beauty that is Ohio University Lancaster."