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Earth Day Celebration

April 6, 2018
Contact: Kristina Jones
Volunteer Coordinator
Parks and Recreation Department
Residents Invited to Participate in Earth Day Events
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville invites the public to participate in a community Earth Day celebration on April 21. Earth Day festivities (download a PDF poster) will begin with a proclamation from Mayor 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, the public is invited to participate in any or all of the following family-friendly opportunities:
  • A litter cleanup along City trails and streams
  • An invasive plant removal event along the trail corridor
  • A group bike ride from Marion Orton Recycling Center to Kessler Mountain Regional Park
  • A ribbon cutting for new trails at Kessler Mountain Regional Park
 Volunteers for the litter cleanup can gather at the Marion Orton Recycling Center any time before the Mayor’s proclamation at 9 a.m. Volunteers 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 sign up for this event, please contact Kristina Jones at 479.444.3467 or
The invasive plant removal event will begin at 10 a.m. and last until noon. Volunteers are invited to first hear the Mayor’s proclamation at 9 a.m. and then make their way to the parking lot of the former City Hospital property (419 W Rock Street, directly south of the Fayetteville Public Library). Instructions and supplies will be provided. To sign up for this event, please contact Rachael Schaffner at 479.575.8268 or
The group ride to Kessler Mountain will celebrate the opening of the new Cato Springs Trail Connection to the Regional Park. This ride will start at 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 noon.
At noon, the Mayor will be conducting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the Cato Springs Trail Connection and the new soft surface trail openings at the Regional park. The ribbon cutting will be held at the Regional Park parking lot and is open to all members of the public.
In the spirit of Earth Day, the City encourages participants to walk or bike to these events. All events are conveniently located along the Fayetteville trail system. Volunteers are encouraged to wear sunscreen, bug spray, long-sleeved clothing, and sturdy shoes. Water and other supplies will be provided.

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