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City of Alexandria to Host 24th Annual Alexandria Earth Day, April 29

For Immediate Release: April 25, 2017

Clean Water Starts With YOU!

Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 4.47.11 PM.pngThe City of Alexandria will host the 24th Annual Alexandria Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will be held at the Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., adjacent to the George Washington Middle School. Admission is free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

This family-friendly event includes the Seventh Annual Upcycling Showcase, where students from Alexandria City Public Schools will present  upcycling creations based on the event theme,“Clean Water Starts with YOU!”

Other activities include:

  • “Tent Talks,” featuring topics such as mulching, resource recovery, and landscaping with native plants

  • The ninth annual Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award presentation

  • Live demonstrations of rainwater harvesting, composting, and recycling

  • Live music by local artists, including the Hand Painted Swinger

  • More than 35 environmental exhibitors

  • Plant giveaways and vehicle displays

  • The “Farmer Stu Goes Green Puppet Show,” presented by Farmer Zoo in My Room, which promotes solar power, rainwater harvesting, composting, and recycling

The Alexandria Earth Day Committee has committed to making this event zero-waste and carbon neutral. In keeping with the goals of the Eco-City Alexandria initiative, Alexandria Earth Day is based on the need to promote education and lead us all to a green and sustainable future.

The public is encouraged to take public transit, walk or bike to the event.

  • Bicyclists may visit alexandriava.gov/GOAlex for the City’s Bikeways Map, which features Alexandria’s s best on-street and off-road bikeways.

  • For DASH bus route and schedule information, visit www.dashbus.com or call 703.370.DASH.

  • For Metrorail and Metrobus schedule information, visit www.wmata.com or call 202.637.7000.

This year, DASH will offer  free rides to and from the event, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit alexandriava.gov/EarthDay for a printable pass to ride DASH to the event.

Parking is available in the George Washington Middle School parking lot, adjacent to the Lenny Harris Memorial Fields.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be relocated to the George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave.

For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/EarthDay or call the Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592.

For media inquiries, contact Andrea Blackford, Senior Communications Officer, at andrea.blackford@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.3959.


The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, contact Cheryl Lawrence at cheryl.lawrence@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5419, Virginia Relay 711

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