Charleston County marks Earth Day at Riverfront Park

County residents can collectively celebrate Earth Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park, the jurisdiction’s 18th annual popular observance of a worldwide day dedicated to environmental awareness.

Environmental respect is encouraged as officials remind citizens to minimize waste.   Contributed image

County residents can collectively celebrate Earth Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park, the jurisdiction’s 18th annual popular observance of a worldwide day dedicated to environmental awareness.

Students of all ages will learn the results of Charleston County’s Annual Earth Day Art Contest when winners are announced. The event will kick off with the National Anthem at 11:10, followed by art contest winners, thanks to event volunteers, and remarks by Charleston County Councilmember Brantley Moody (District 7).

Sponsored by Charleston County’s environmental management department, the event includes family-friendly activities for all ages including soccer, relay races, gymnastics and more. Participants can even make crafts using recycled materials.

“Charleston County’s Annual Earth Day Festival is a great opportunity to increase environmental awareness in our community,” said Andrew Quigley, Charleston County Environmental Management’s director. “We encourage residents to join us for this free, fun and family oriented event to learn how they can make a difference in our local community while at home, work and play.”

Situated on the site of a former Naval Base at 1001 Everglades Drive, the parkland adjoining the Cooper River will host demonstrations from exercise to exotic animals and vehicles, and performances by local musicians and school groups.

Environmental respect is encouraged as officials remind citizens to minimize waste. Trash and recycling receptacles will be plentiful throughout the park. The event is supported by the City of North Charleston, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control, and additional agencies.

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