Earth Day in Chicago: Humboldt Park will celebrate its 29th year!

Rob Reid

One of many natural views in Humboldt Park*

Humboldt Park will be part of Chicago's Earth Day activities for the 29th year. Clean-up will start at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 21, at the Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N. Sacramento. Earth Day is the world’s largest civic observance, according to the Earth Day Network. Chicago has historically pulled its weight as part of this global effort.

Juanita Irizarry, Executive Director, Friends of the Parks, estimates that there will be over 5,000 volunteers at more than 130 parks and forest preserves across the city. Humboldt Park is expected to have 700 participants.

While the event begins at 9 a.m. with a volunteer effort to clean-up the park, the day’s theme focuses more broadly on community.

At 11 a.m., a tree-planting and dedication ceremony will honor community members Sister Patty Fillenwarth, who had been Principal of Maternity B.V.M. School until 1990, and the late Josefa Malpica, a park steward.


Juanita Irizarry pictured at last year's Earth Day event in Humboldt Park**

At noon, lunch will be served to volunteers, and entertainment will be provided by homegrown groups including Opera-Matic, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, the Left Setters and the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance. Certificates and community awards will be presented at around 1 p.m. Community organizations, games for all ages, and a table of vendors will also be on site. 

While one day of park clean-up per year may not be enough to save the planet, Irizarry believes that the event can be “an entry point for people to commit to long-term engagement with this or any other park.”

The clean-up event inspires volunteers to connect with their local park advisory councils where they exist, or build new park advisory councils where they don’t yet exist. The event also encourages stewardship and advocacy efforts, while getting people to start thinking about how they can give back and build community.

The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1301 N. Sacramento. Registration is encouraged for those who would like to receive gloves and an Earth Day t-shirt.

More information about the event go to the Chicago Park District’s website.

 Photo sources: *Rob Reid  **Elaine Coorens`




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