Four family-friendly Earth Day events planned in Fayetteville in 2018

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

A community Earth Day celebration is scheduled in Fayetteville for April 21.

Festivities begin with a proclamation from Mayor Lioneld Jordan at 9 a.m. at the Marion Orton Recycling Center, 735 W. North Street. Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided.

Following the proclamation, four family-friendly events are planned, including a litter cleanup along city trails and streams, an invasive plant removal event along the trail corridor, a group bike ride from the recycling center to Kessler Mountain Regional Park, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new trails at the regional park.

Litter Cleanup

Volunteers for the litter cleanup should meet at the Marion Orton Recycling Center any time before 9 a.m. Participants will be sent out to clean litter from different areas of Fayetteville’s trails and streams, beginning after the mayor’s proclamation and ending at noon. Instructions and supplies will be provided including recycling and trash bags, gloves, and litter grabbers. To volunteer for the cleanup event, call Kristina Jones at 479-444-3467 or email [email protected].

Invasive Plant Removal

The invasive plant removal event begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until noon. Volunteers should meet at the parking lot of the former City Hospital property, 419 W Rock Street. Instructions and supplies will be provided. To volunteer for the invasive plant removal event, call Rachael Schaffner at 479-575-8268 or email [email protected].

Group ride to Kessler Mountain

The group ride to Kessler Mountain will celebrate the opening of the new Cato Springs Trail connection to the Regional Park. The ride will begin at the Marion Orton Recycling Center with riders gathering at 10:30 a.m. and setting off before 11 a.m. Participants will ride the trails 6.2 miles to Kessler Mountain to experience the newly opened trail connection. The ride will conclude at the Regional Park by 12 p.m.

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony

Mayor Jordan will lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12 p.m. at the Regional Park parking lot to celebrate the Cato Springs Trail connection and the new soft surface trails at the park.