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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Durham’s Annual Earth Day Festival Set For April 21

Durham Encouraged to "Go Green"

​DURHAM, NC - Residents will learn how to “go green” at Durham’s Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 21 from noon – 5 p.m. at Durham Central Park, 502 Foster St., in downtown Durham. The free event is sponsored by Durham Parks and Recreation and Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc., in partnership with NBC 17 and will be held rain or shine.

Participants can expect a variety of exciting, educational and fun-filled activities as they sit back, relax and receive eco tips from local environmental experts in the Eco Lounge. Top five reasons to plant a tree, the buzz about bees, and recycling 101 are some of the topics that will be covered. In addition, resources and information about green products and services will be shared by local businesses, artists, nonprofits, and educational and government agencies at the Sustainability Expo.

Children ages 12 and under will enjoy a host of kid friendly attractions such as arts and crafts, face painting, science experiments and more at the Kid’s Zone sponsored by the City of Durham Water Management Department.

Participants can also shop at the Earth Day Market as well as groove to music and dance performances at the main stage hosted by NBC-17’s Chief Meteorologist Wes Hohenstein. The festival will culminate with the Earth Day Parade and a musical performance by nationally renowned Cool John Ferguson.

New this year, the Shred Truck and E-Waste Recycling event sponsored by the City of Durham Solid Waste Department will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Dr. Residents can dispose of old computers, TVs, other electronic equipment with cords and more for free.

Festival goers are encouraged to carpool, walk, take the bus or ride their bike to the festival. Free bike valet service will be available.

For details about Earth Day call (919) 560-4355 or visit For information about the Shred Truck and E-Waste Recycling event call (919) 560-4186 or visit www.DurhamNC.Gov.

About Durham Parks and Recreation
Durham Parks and Recreation provides opportunities for the Durham community to “Play More.” Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, we strive to help residents discover, explore and enjoy life through creative and challenging recreational choices that contribute to their physical, emotional and social health.

To learn more about Durham Parks and Recreation, visit, call (919) 560-4355 or like us on Facebook at

About Keep Durham Beautiful
KDB is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working in partnership with the City and County of Durham to bring private businesses, citizens, and community organizations together to conserve and enhance the appearance and environment of Durham. To learn more about KDB, visit

Published: 04/09/2013 - Last Edited: