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Chicago Park District is hosting Earth Day clean-up events citywide on April 23.
Chicago Park District is hosting Earth Day clean-up events citywide on April 23.
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The Chicago Park District is partnering with Friends of the Parks to host more than 80 Earth Day clean-up events in parks across the city.

By planting seeds, mulching, and cleaning up in and around parks, these free events are a great way to make a difference in our city and world. When we support our parks, we support neighbors, community, plants, animals and the environment. More than 500 volunteers are expected to participate at parks across the city.  

In commemoration of Mayor Harold Washington’s centennial birthday, the District will also plant a Horse Chestnut tree in honor of Chicago’s first African American Mayor. More information can be found at  

WHERE:    New event park locations are added upon confirmation. 

WHEN:    Rain or shine, most events occur on Saturday, April 23, 2022. 

MORE:    To maximize volunteer efforts at some of our larger park locations, volunteers are needed at the following hub locations: 

⦁    Harold Washington Park 
5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd.
11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Join us for a park clean-up event and celebration of Mayor Harold Washington’s 100th Birthday. Activities will include music and reflections from community residents.

⦁    Douglass Park
1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 
9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
After the clean-up, the celebration will continue with mini-golf, a food truck, and the launching of Douglass Park's first-ever Little Free Library from 1-4 pm! There will also be music and games at the park, located in the North Lawndale and South Lawndale communities. 
⦁    North Park Village Nature Center
5801 N. Pulaski Rd.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Register here and lend a hand in cleaning up and beautifying the 46-acre nature preserve located on the northwest side of Chicago.

⦁    McKinley Park
2210 W. Pershing Rd.
9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Spend the morning greening the southwest side park and stay for the Earth Day Market, where the public is invited to shop local vendors and enjoy art and crafts and music.

⦁    Ogden Park
6500 S. Racine Ave.
9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Explore the 60-acre park while beautifying it! The park located in the Englewood community invites volunteers to come out and help clean up the park in observance of Earth Day.