City once again joins Delaware Estuary Partnership and Urban Biking Project to encourage residents to preserve and protect our planet
Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki today announced details of a party on open downtown streets to celebrate Earth Day 2022. The mayor said this year’s annual celebration of our planet will be presented live, after a two-year COVID hiatus, as an Open Streets Wilmington event on Saturday April 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. along six traffic-free blocks of Market Street in downtown Wilmington.
The Mayor thanked the city’s longtime Earth Day partner, the Delaware Estuary Partnership (EDP), and our newest partner, the Urban Bike Project, for hosting this year’s event. in collaboration with the city’s public works department to create a festive atmosphere. where people can come together to celebrate the importance of preserving and protecting our planet.
The Earth Day/Open Streets Wilmington event will be open to pedestrians only from 4and up to 10and streets so children of all ages and their families can stop and visit eco-friendly vendors and exhibitors. Earth Day 2022 will feature plant giveaways, crafts for kids, a scavenger hunt, outdoor yoga and fitness classes, free bike rentals, kids’ activities and more again. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful array of shops and restaurants in downtown Wilmington.
“It’s been really inspiring to be part of Open Streets events and see how people can connect with each other and their communities when given a safe space to do so,” said Laura Wilburn, Director executive of the Urban Bike Project. “People are getting so creative with the way they use street space – they have picnics, they dance and they create chalk art on the sidewalks. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to partner with Wilmington’s Earth Day celebration and reach far more people with this inspiring event. Open Streets events promote wellness of mind and body, and we know how to how this relates to the well-being of our community’s air and water. We look forward to celebrating together the many ways we can support each other towards healthier communities!”
PDE Executive Director Kathy Klein said she looked forward to celebrating the special day. “We are thrilled that the Earth Day celebration in Wilmington can take place in person this year so that people of all ages can join us in celebrating the importance of clean waters, healthy habitats and communities. strong. We are thrilled to once again partner with the City of Wilmington and work with Open Streets Wilmington to bring this event to the people of Wilmington.
The free Earth Day / Open Streets event will take place on April 23, rain or shine. Visit DelawareEstuary.org/earthday for more information.
The Delaware Estuary Partnership, host of the Delaware Estuary Program, leads collaborative, science-based efforts to improve the Delaware River and Bay, which span parts of Delaware, New Jersey and the Pennsylvania.
Tropo representing the Delaware Air Quality Partnership at Earth Day 2021. (Photo courtesy of PDE)
COMMUNITY AND MEDIA INQUIRIES:
Delaware Estuary Partnership
Phone: (302) 423-9833
City of Wilmington, Mayor’s Office
Mobile: (302) 420-7928