Mayor Purzycki Invites Citizens to Wilmington for Delaware’s Largest Earth Day Celebration
Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations come together in
Rodney Square on Wednesday, April 17
Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, Public Works Commissioner Kelly Williams and Kathy Klein, Interim Executive Director of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE), invite citizens of all ages to attend the annual Wilmington Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The event, now in its 14th year, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rodney Square, at 10th and North Market Streets. The official dates for Earth Day and Arbor Day are April 22 and April 26, respectively. The April 17 event will be held rain or shine.
“The one thing that we all have in common is that we are inhabitants of this big, blue, wonderful planet we call Earth. We celebrate it each year as Earth Day—a valuable reminder that it is in our mutual interest to properly protect the Earth’s future. So on this Earth Day 2019, take time to reflect on how our common home can and should bring us together to be the best stewards we can be.”
Wilmington Earth and Arbor Day is funded by the City of Wilmington’s Department of Public Works and planned jointly with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, with generous support from the Kenny Family Foundation. It is the largest Earth Day event of its kind in Delaware. Commissioner Williams said the goal of this annual celebration is to educate visitors about the importance of trees, native plants, drinkable water and swimmable rivers, and the impact that the environment has on our everyday lives.
Visitors can stop by more than 25 eco-friendly vendors across the square offering alternative products, services and tips. There will be nine food trucks parked at Rodney Square, includingWoodside Creamery, which will give away free ice cream to the first 200 customers. PDE will have a special awards ceremony for the winners of the Clean Waterways Wilmington Student Art Contest, and the Air Quality Partnership of Delaware has invited Tropo, its cuddly and colorful mascot, to make a special appearance. There will also be crafts and games for children courtesy of the Delaware Children’s Museum, and Davey’s Tree Service will give a tree climbing demonstration. Radio station WJBR will emcee the event and jazz vocalist Jackie Greggs will be back by popular demand to sing some tunes. Visitors can take home a free plant and pick up other giveaway items while supplies last.
Wilmington is celebrating its 25th year as a Tree City USA, a title first awarded to Delaware’s largest city by The Arbor Day Foundation in 1993. According to Herbert W. White, the City’s Urban Forest Administrator, Wilmington is one of 17 communities throughout Delaware – and more than 3,400 nationwide – that have achieved this status. “To be recognized by The Arbor Day Foundation, Wilmington must meet four core standards of sound urban forestry management,” said White. “They are maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.” The PDE shares the city’s interest in trees for all of their important environmental benefits such as shade, habitat, and capturing runoff from rain and snow.
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.
Visit DelawareEstuary.org for information, or contact Brittany Musolino at (302) 655-4990, ext. 112 or BMusolino@DelawareEstuary.org