Earth Day Party at Riverside Park tomorrow

Earth Day Flyer

While every day is a day to celebrate the planet we call home and consider our impact on Earth, tomorrow, April 19, the City of Salida, Salida Recreation, Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA), and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) will host an Earth Day Party from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Riverside Park. The party immediately follows the Easter Egg hunt at Thonoff Park, which the Upper Arkansas Service Club is hosting at 10:00 a.m. Both events promise fun for families of all ages.

From 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. “Colorado Gators Reptile Park” from Mosca in the San Luis Valley will take the stage with live alligators and reptiles. Reptile experts will introduce a small crocodile, several snakes and lizards, and turtles and tortoises. After learning about these animals, those in attendance will be invited to pet many of them.

After the Colorado Gators Reptile Park presentation, there will be other exhibits including a watershed exploration with CSU Extension; recycled sculptures with Salida Recreation; a geology touch table by AHRA volunteer naturalist Bob Hickey; animal skulls, pelts and tracks presented by GARNA; and Guidestone’s “Wonderful Worms.”

The City of Salida Energy Focus plan will also kickoff at the party. The kickoff for the Energy Focus plan will feature giveaways from Xcel Energy and Atmos Energy, the local energy companies that serve Salida. Atmos Energy will be grilling up hamburgers and hotdogs for all in attendance. Also in attendance will be Upper Arkansas Area Council of Government (UAACOG) representatives to explain their home improvement loan programs and other related opportunities. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about money and energy saving opportunities available in Chaffee County right now.

Electronic recycling will NOT be offered this year as it has in the past. The Chaffee County Landfill does accept electronic items—which are no longer allowed in the landfill—for a recycling fee. Fees can be found at: Look for future recycling events to be offered by the City of Salida in upcoming announcements.

Some Earth Day facts:

  • Former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, developed the idea for Earth Day in 1969. The first “official” Earth Day was celebrated April 22, 1970.
  • However, Earth Day became a global celebration twenty years later, on April 22, 1990, when over 200 million people around the globe participated in Earth Day events and clean-ups.
  • Recognizing that “Mother Earth reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species and the planet we all inhabit,” the General Assembly of the United Nations declared April 22 as International Mother Earth in 2009.
  • Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day.

For more information contact Rose Bayless, AHRA, 719-539-7289; Maggie Murdoch, Salida Recreation, 719-539-5703; or Dominique Naccarato, GARNA, 719-539-5106.

For more information about the City of Salida’s Energy Focus Plan call Emily Katsimpalis at 719-530-2628 or visit: