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3/21/2016 Member News
St. Pete Earth Day Comes to Historic Williams Park: Save the Planet and Save the Date

St. Pete Earth Day Comes to Historic Williams Park: Save the Planet and Save the Date

St. Petersburg’s official Earth Day celebration features an impressive lineup of environmental programming, entertainment, and food in Florida’s first “green” city.

Engaging activities for people of all ages focus on sustainable living and environmental protection in one of the nation’s most densely populated regions.

SAINT PETERSBURG, FLORIDA (March 7, 2016) – Historic Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg will host St. Petersburg’s official Earth Day celebration from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The event, sponsored by the environmental nonprofit Chart 411 and the City of St. Petersburg, will feature interactive exhibits, educational and recreational activities for children and families, entertainment on the renowned Williams Park stage, and opportunities to get involved in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable public policies.

Lucinda Johnston, Executive Director of Chart 411, said, this year’s celebration is a chance for people to learn about the challenges facing us here in Florida and globally, and how they can help create a sustainable future for our kids and grandkids. Being outside in our beautiful environment is fun, healthy, and interesting – and this year’s event promises to provide a great time for people of all ages while raising awareness about our fragile planet.”

The program includes an urban bird experience, an ocean-themed exploration area, an alternative transportation hub, a sustainable garden area, an earth arts village, and a place for kids of all ages to “go outside and play.” Dozens of vendors will offer earth friendly products in the shopping village, and the Feeding Frenzy Food Court will assure that no one goes hungry. The Rally for a Better Tomorrow area will engage us all in helping to create an environmentally healthy community and world.

Outstanding entertainment featuring local artists will be presented throughout the day on Williams Park’s acoustically excellent stage, and fascinating demonstrations by wildlife rescue groups, arborists, gardeners, and beekeepers will make the event a great learning experience as well.

According to Johnston, Williams Park was selected for this year’s celebration for several reasons. ‘It’s St. Petersburg’s oldest park – established in 1888 – and one of the most beautiful. It’s a real urban oasis, the kind of place where we can reconnect with nature. This year’s International Earth Day theme is “trees for the earth,” and Williams Park boasts one of the most spectacular live oak canopies in our city.’

Earth Day was first proclaimed in 1970 to raise public awareness of the need to protect the environment and conserve resources. International Earth Day is now celebrated in April of each year in order to foster environment awareness in our community and throughout the world. It is now the largest civic movement in the world, involving more than 1 billion people and 50,000 events in 196 countries.

Lucinda Johnston, Chart 411