City Park Hosts Earth Day of Service April 22
Volunteers invited for trash pickup event as part of Conservancy’s litter-abatement initiative
NEW ORLEANS – On Saturday, April 22, City Park Conservancy will celebrate Earth Day with a Park-wide volunteer event to combat litter in the Park.
The annual Earth Day of Service is an opportunity for regular and first-time volunteers to gather in an effort to improve the city’s greenspace. Community members 13 and up are invited to lend a hand with trash pickup throughout the Park’s 1,300 acres.
“Earth Day is a celebration that raises awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations,” said City Park Conservancy Volunteer Supervisor Melissa Passman. “What better way to celebrate than by coming together to care for a space we occupy, and enjoy, so much.”
Interested volunteers should sign up at NewOrleansCityPark.org. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who has also registered for the event. Groups require individual member registration. Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes or boots as well as outdoor- and weather-appropriate clothes and to bring sun protection. CPC will provide all project-specific tools as well as water and snacks.
WHAT: City Park Earth Day of Service
WHERE: Volunteer check-in at 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 9am-12pm
HOW: To register, sign up at bit.ly/EarthDay_23 by April 21
City Park’s Earth Day of Service is part of Love the Boot Week (April 17-23), Keep Louisiana Beautiful‘s statewide litter-removal effort. In 2022, City Park hosted one of the top-10 cleanups (out of 280 events) in the state during Love the Boot Week. Volunteers worked together to remove approximately 1,530 pounds of litter and large debris from Park grounds and shoreline.
The event is also held in collaboration with Drive Electric Earth Day, hosted by Entergy, April 22 at the Park’s Reunion Shelter.
About City Park Conservancy
City Park Conservancy is the 501(c)3 that operates the day-to-day care of City Park, in partnership with the City Park Improvement Association, and oversees programming, fundraising, and membership management of the 1,300-acre Park. For over 170 years, City Park has provided access to abundant natural and cultural resources to residents of the region and visitors from around the world. The Park’s 1,300 acres make it one of the largest urban parks in the United States. City Park is a popular place to fish on the bayou, picnic, experience safe outdoor play, or engage in athletic pursuits—as evidenced by more than 3.2 million unique visits each year. The Park’s annual operating budget is largely derived from self-generated activities, often weather dependent. The COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Ida, which significantly affected revenue-generating facilities due to restriction closures, highlighted the vital importance of diversifying revenue streams. Through these challenges, the Park’s walking trails, urban forest, and open spaces continue to be a respite to the public. To learn more about the Park and to contribute to help maintain its greenspaces and community programs, visit NewOrleansCityPark.org.