Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged residents to participate in the City's celebration of Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at Union Plaza. The Lincoln Earth Day Coalition has organized the free family event, which will feature educational displays, food trucks and entertainment. The Jayne Snyder Trail Center will house a special interactive display on recycling.
"Lincoln is fortunate to have passionate and engaged citizens who involve themselves every day in making Lincoln a more sustainable community," Mayor Beutler said. "I salute the contributions of the Lincoln Earth Day Coalition and encourage families to celebrate our planet, learn more about our environment and have fun at this year's event."
21st Street from "P" to "Q" streets will be closed for the event. Residents are urged to walk or bike to the event, and bike valet service will be available. Free parking is available in the Assurity Life garage just west of Union Plaza. If the weather is bad, the celebration will move to that garage.
"We want Earth Day to be an opportunity for people to connect with organizations, businesses and individuals that will channel their energies and focus their interests," said Doug Boyd, a member of the Lincoln Earth Day Coalition. "Earth Day is for everybody, and this year's event has a broad range of support." Boyd said sponsors include the City of Lincoln, LES, Assurity Life, Whole Foods, Thrasher Foundation Systems and KZUM.
For more information about the celebration and other Earth Day activities in April, visit lincolnearthday.org.