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Citizens Are Invited to Wilmington for Delaware’s Largest Earth Day Celebration

Post Date:04/06/2018 1:30 PM

Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations comes together in  Rodney Square on Friday, April 20

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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, Public Works Commissioner Kelly Williams and Jennifer Adkins, Executive Director of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary invite citizens to attend the annual Wilmington ‘Earth Day and Arbor Day’ celebration on Friday, April 20, 2018. This year’s event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rodney Square, at 10th and North Market Streets.

Sponsored by the Department of Public Works and coordinated by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, this is the largest Earth Day event of its kind in Delaware. The official dates for Earth Day and Arbor Day are April 22 and April 27, respectively. The April 20 event will be held rain or shine.

“We are grateful for our continuing association with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary which assists us in presenting an important event with a very important message,” said Mayor Purzycki. “A green city is, in my view, a healthy, attractive city where people want to live, visit and enjoy, and a place where residents can pride in their clean water, clean air, and a higher quality of life.” 

Commissioner Williams said the goal of this annual celebration is to educate visitors about the value of trees, native plants, drinkable water, swimmable rivers, and alternative products from nearly 30 vendors offering green products, services and tips. Attractions include food trucks, children’s craft tables, raffles, and a live WJBR radio broadcast. Live music will be provided by local jazz vocalist Jackie Greggs and children’s entertainer Jerry “Crabmeat” Thompson. Visitors can also take home a free plant and pick up other giveaway items while supplies last.

This event also celebrates Wilmington’s 25th Anniversary as a “Tree City USA” and follows three consecutive years of Tree City USA Growth Awards from the Arbor Day Foundation for the City’s dedication to urban forestry efforts and tree canopy cover. 

“This event will bring a couple thousand people outside to Rodney Square at lunchtime, for some fresh air, fun activities, and tips for keeping our air and water clean and healthy,” notes Jennifer Adkins from Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. “What a great, simple way to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day.” 

New this year will be a celebration of the successful first year of the Clean Waterways Wilmington student art contest. Winners will be awarded prizes and certificates of achievement. These students’ artwork will also be on display in the children’s tent. 

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) is a nonprofit organization that brings together people, businesses and governments to restore and protect the Delaware River and Bay.  From its headquarters in Wilmington, PDE focuses programs and scientific research on the environment affecting the Estuary — from Trenton to Cape May, New Jersey and Lewes, Delaware.  PDE encourages collaboration among the Estuary’s many stakeholders and seeks practical solutions to help restore the natural vitality of the Delaware River and Bay on which plants, wildlife, people and businesses rely.

For more information about this event, please contact Renée Brecht, Director of Outreach for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, at (302) 655-4990 (ext. 105) or email If your environmentally or community-minded organization is interested in exhibiting at a free table during the ‘Earth Day and Arbor Day’ celebration, you can still register at


News and information from the Office of Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki 

John Rago
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications
Mobile: (302) 420-7928
Paul Ford Jr.
Communications Specialist
Mobile: (302) 530-2171
Dan Sanchez
Digital & Social Media Manager
Mobile: (302) 605-0026

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