Parade, Riverside Park festivities celebrate Earth Day 2022 – by Ark Valley Voice Staff

The Central Colorado Climate Coalition (a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization) is hosting a family-friendly Earth Day celebration in Salida today. The event will begin at 12:00 p.m. with the much-loved Species Parade moving through downtown and ending at Riverside Park.

Riverside Park is the gathering point for the festival in Salida. Locals, visitors and their dogs are all enjoying the offerings of the Salida Sunrise Tenth Anniversary Celebration at Riverside Park. Photo by Merrell Bergin

From 1 to 4 p.m., the park will feature community projects and programs focused on the environment, live music, performances by Salida Circus and more than 20 community booths. Food trucks and refreshments will be available.

“We really wanted this Earth Day celebration to give participants and our organization a chance to speak,” said Climate Coalition community organizer Angie Thompson.

Among Riverside Park’s programs are a zero-waste litter facility, compostable cups, and outreach to the general public by local green businesses and nonprofits. There’s an old denim, coat and shoe recycling event at the Central Colorado Climate Coalition festival booth; in an effort to keep these recyclable materials out of the local landfill.

Chaffee County Commissioner Keith Baker will present information on work on the county’s sustainability plan and an update on work on the county’s new land use code.

The Town of Salida is setting up a reusable water bottle refill station in the park to encourage reuse, in partnership with Unbottle and Protect Chaffee County Water. At 10:00 a.m., before the festival begins, there will be a general riverside trash clean-up event along the Riverside Park area.

Featured Image: Boatworks’ Ron Ferris dressed as an Emperor Penguin for the 2018 350 Central Colorado Earth Day Parade and Festivities. Photo from AVV file.

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