Out In The Open (Space): Updates for Week of April 5, 2021

April 5, 2021

Spring break is behind us. Time to get to work!

Here’s what’s going on this week in Open Space:

  • A contractor will be out at KC-03 (West Window Way) starting Monday to replace tie walls and mulch. As long as the weather cooperates, work should be complete within four days.
  • Starting Tuesday, crews will be replacing the concrete sidewalk at the entrance to the Cedar Lane Overpass. Access may be limited at times, so be prepared for detours. This project is expected to be completed within five days weather permitting. Access may be limited at times to the overpass. 
  • CICADA ALERT! In about a month, you can expect large numbers of cicadas to be out and about. These Brood X insects come out every 17 years. For about five weeks, you should expect to hear some loud “singing” from male cicadas. Don’t worry. Birds and fish love feasting on these pests, so things should quiet down by mid-June. It’s important to remember that cicadas do not bite or sting humans, and there’s no reason to spray them with pesticides.
  • A reminder that a Pull & Plant event in Hickory Ridge will take place Sunday, April 18. Space is limited in order to adhere to capacity and distancing guidelines. Check out this event for more information.
  • Have you heard about CA’s goal of planting 1,000 trees this year? That effort officially starts in Owen Brown this Saturday, April 10th. Neighbors of all ages and experience levels are welcome to come out from 10am to noon, but volunteers must register with their family of “bubble” to allow for social distancing. Click here to sign up and keep an eye out for more native tree planting events across the Columbia community. Contact your village and encourage them to participate!
  • We can never have enough of your amazing #ColumbiaWildlife photos. Post your pictures with the hashtag #ColumbiaWildlife and CA may feature yours on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

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