The city of Gardner will host its annual community clean-up in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day this weekend. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 25
Volunteers will meet at the Gardner Greenway Corridor, located off of Madison St. between north Center St. and Moonlight Road, to remove trash

Volunteers help plant trees and clean-up city parks during last year’s Gardner clean-up event. The annual volunteer opportunity is scheduled in conjunction with Earth Day and Arbor Day. File photo

Volunteers help plant trees and clean-up city parks during last year’s Gardner clean-up event. The annual volunteer opportunity is scheduled in conjunction with Earth Day and Arbor Day. File photo

and debris from the creek bed that winds through the 35-acre parkland of walking trails.
“Each year we have an opportunity to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by investing our time and energy into our environment,” said parks and recreation supervisor and event coordinator Adraina Holopirek. “The more volunteers willing to make this investment, the more successful this event will be – so we encourage volunteers to get signed up.”
Following the cleanup efforts, volunteers will enjoy a free picnic lunch in addition to a tree-planting demonstration, prize drawings and T-shirt giveaways. This portion of the event will take place at Winwood Park, located along the Greenway Corridor at 520 North White Drive.
“It’s so great to see everyone come out – kids and adults alike – for such an important cause,” Holopirek said. “And hopefully, this event inspires the community to make an on-going commitment to helping our environment – from planting a tree to recycling – it all makes a difference.”
Those interested in volunteering should contact the city’s parks and recreation department at (913)856-0936 to sign up.