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Earth Day 2012! On far right is Ashley, who organizes this event each year!

Earth Day 2012! On far right is Ashley, who organizes this event each year!

Save the planet, one park at a time!

Quincy’s Harrison Street HyVee store is once again hosting an Earth Day Park Clean up at South Park (12th and Harrison) this Sunday, April 21st starting at 3pm.  Last year, I was fortunate enough to be able to help with the clean up at Quincy’s Gardner Park.  The event was fun and we all felt like we had made a real difference at the end of the day.

This year, organizer Ashley Hibbard, has planned an extra special event.  HyVee will be providing food, bags and dumpsters for both trash and recycling.  Local musicians Esther Moore, Beau Becraft and Cheeks McGee will be providing music.  All you need to provide is yourself, your friends, a pair of work gloves and a great attitude!   This event is a positive way to impact our community and celebrate Earth Day- and it’s a lot of fun too!  I hope to see lots of Adventure Foot readers at the park!  Happy Earth Day!

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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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