Starting Aug. 23, wood chips will be available at no cost to the public from the Parks and Recreation Department.

The free chips will be on a first-come, first-served basis at Franke Park. Signs directing people to the Day Camp parking lot are posted. Visitors should bring shovels, as the chips are not bagged.

The wood comes from street and park trees that have been chipped by the Department. It'€™s great for gardeners who want to protect their plants during the winter months with a warm blanket of chips!