Every year on April 22, Earth Day is celebrated around the world. The day is dedicated to demonstrating support for environmental protection and awareness about climate change and global warming.
Although many events have been canceled this past year due to COVID-19, recreation manager for the city of Woodbury, Reed Smidt, is hopeful Earth Day will be celebrated. Like every year, the city plans to allow residents to pick up garbage bags and disposable gloves to clean up their neighborhood parks. Smidt says anyone can call in and let them know how many people will be needing supplies, and the city will supply the bags and gloves and also direct participates on where to drop the garbage bags.
Additionally, Smidt is hopeful the city can do another partnership with Woodbury Thrives, a local nonprofit, to select a larger community park to pickup and help get the word out to the community.
“We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves this year planning until we know what that will look like in April,” says Smidt. “Everything is to be determined.”
A larger clean-up at Tamarack Nature Preserve is in the works, but due to COVID-19, Smidt is still planning the event, which will be similar to the larger community pick-up. “We’re hopeful that [the events] will be available this year for Earth Day,” he says.