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Harrison Hy-Vee Health Market Manager Ashley Hibbard is heading a campaign to get Quincy in the Earth Day spirit!  This April 22nd, everyone is invited to join Ashley and the Hy-Vee crew to help clean up Gardner and Sunset Park.  This will be the 4th year for an Earth Day Park Clean-Up event, but since the date falls on a weekend, Hibbard is expecting a bigger crowd than usual.

“It is awesome to see it grow into something that whole community can get involved with and have fun helping better our community in doing so.” explains Hibbard.

Trees laying on the Gardner Park Shelter House after a massive wind storm on June 27th, 2011. The storm had power out in Quincy for more than 3 days and had reported 80 mph winds.

In addition to the normal accumulation of trash that happens at parks every year, Gardner Park is bouncing back from some significant damage from last June’s windstorm.  The main shelter house was completely destroyed by a large tree, as were many picnic tables and other areas of the park.  The shelter house has now been rebuilt and will be the main staging area for the event.

Everyone is invited to participate and encouraged to bring a set of gardening gloves and a water bottle and be ready for work and fun!  Adding to the event atmosphere, local musician Esther Moore and bands Sunshine Mamas and Fielder will be performing at the event.  The Hy-Vee staff will also be on hand for some delicious grilling for all of the participants who have worked up an appetite!

For more on Gardner Park, be sure to check out my map of the best (and only) mountain bike trails in Quincy!

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