Third annual Earth Day celebration and Spring Clean-Up program to take place on Saturday, April 25
Mayor Jorge O. Elorza is hosting the third annual citywide celebration of Earth Day, a day dedicated to cleaning up green spaces and neighborhoods and celebrating the community groups that make Providence’s public spaces vibrant.
“Our Annual Earth Day Celebration is a great opportunity to promote the kind of effort the community needs to maintain and grow our wonderful natural and recreational resources,” said Mayor Elorza. “I am grateful to everyone who helps to sustain our green spaces and neighborhoods and I ask everyone who has a stake in this city to come lend a hand during our morning community clean-ups tomorrow.”
Join Mayor Elorza for a morning of community clean ups. From 9:00am to 12:00pm, volunteers can join one of 43 community groups cleaning up a park, planting trees or beautifying a neighborhood by registering at www.ServeRhodeIsland.org. Volunteers will receive a headband and Earth Day button.
Afterwards, have some fun at the Greater Providence YMCA Healthy Family Day in Roger Williams Park from 1-4pm. There will be prizes, games, healthy snacks and more. You can also help the Rhode Island Tree Council set the world record for Tree Hugging at the Huggapalooza Event. The Brown University Band will perform and there will be conservation activities and demonstrations. Registration starts at 1pm. Hugging starts at 3pm.
Volunteers who show their “I volunteered at Earth Day Spring Cleaning 2015” buttons will receive a free admission to venues in Roger Williams Park, discounts at select area businesses, and also be eligible for a chance to win tickets to WBRU’s Earth Day Concert. RIPTA will also be offering free rides to volunteers all weekend.
Providence Earth Day Spring Cleaning 2015 is planned in collaboration with Serve Rhode Island, the Partnership for Providence Parks, The Department of Parks and Recreation, Greater Providence YMCA, Rhode Island Tree Council, Whole Foods, Johnson and Wales University, WBRU, and USFWS Urban Refuge Partnership, and will highlight the important role that volunteer groups have in making the city’s parks and neighborhoods great places to play, gather and explore.
For a full listing of events, including activity details and locations, visit ServeRhodeIsland.org or ProvidenceParks.org.