Pictured: Citizen volunteers help haul away an old tire and other litter dumped near New River and the surrounding trail areas during the 2017 Earth Day cleanup.

Photo courtesy of the City of Peoria
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Volunteers needed for Earth Day New River trail clean-up

4/18/18

PEORIA – The community is invited to assist in the removal of trash and debris along New River and its trail system from 7 to 10 a.m., Saturday, April 21. This cleanup is one of the City of Peoria’s Party for the Planet activities in April celebrating Earth Day.
 
The success of the cleanup relies on the generous help of volunteers. Groups, individuals, youth and adults are invited to participate to help clean our natural environment and keep our community looking great.

Last year, hundreds of volunteers came together and picked up tons of trash in the almost 100-acres of the river and trail system. The event, which began in 2010, has been held in partnership with the City of Glendale for six years and the non-profit organization Arizona Clean and Beautiful for eight years.

Those interested in volunteering can pre-register by visiting www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents and clicking on “Party for the Planet.” Volunteers will need to wear tennis shoes or closed-toed shoes as other shoes will not be allowed. It is recommended they also dress in layers, bring gloves and wear sunscreen. Water and garbage bags will be provided by the city of Peoria.  Volunteers will meet at 99th and Northern avenues with check in from 6:30 to 7 a.m. Parking will be available.

Also, part of the Party for the Planet celebration, the Planetpalooza Earth Day Festival will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., April 21 at Westwing Park, 27100 N. Westwing Pkwy. Attendees can learn to be more sustainable in daily life, while also enjoying prizes and giveaways, handcrafted food, live music and entertainment, gardening demonstrations and environment educational booths.

Throughout the month of April, city-sponsored programs include Earth Day activities at the libraries, bulk trash cleanup, household hazardous waste collection and Sustainable U workshops. 

For more information on Peoria’s Party for the Planet activities, call 623-773-7137 or visit www.peoriaaz.gov/specialevents.