Please save the date and come celebrate Earth Day’s 25th year in Modesto on Saturday,
April 19, 2014. If you are interested in being a vendor you can contact Vicki Rice at
(209) 577-5495 or email@example.com. 2014 vendor packets will be mailed out this coming
December along with the theme to commemorate our 25th year anniversary.
What a beautiful day at Graceada Park! The 24th Annual Earth Day in the Park Festival was a huge success! Nearly 100 vendors gathered on the grass to Celebrate Green with several thousand attendees. The weather was beautiful, the food was delicious, vendors were both educational and engaging and the entertainment diverse. There was something for everyone to enjoy.
Many vendors took this opportunity to spread the word about recycling and answer the public’s questions on what they are doing to protect the environment and what can they do to contribute on a personal level. People were engaged and genuinely enthusiastic about what the day had to offer. There were ongoing discussions on solar power, water conservation, recycled oil, waste to energy and how to reduce – reuse – recycle, just to name a few.
The activities for children to have hands on experiences throughout the day were many. Macaroni Kids and Peer Recovery offered art projects out of recycled materials. Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc. did a project using newspapers to make pots and fill them with compost and plant material and the City of Modesto’s Compost Facility created planters out of recycled plastic bottles. In addition, the City’s Solid Waste Division in conjunction with the Stanislaus Bike Club sponsored a “Clue Card” game for kids K-6th grade. The lucky winner was a kindergartener from Wilson Elementary School who received a brand new bicycle and helmet. Congratulations Naomi! Also, local junior high schools participated in a “toter art” contest sponsored by Bertolotti Disposal. Roosevelt Junior High took first place, Mark Twain Junior High second place and Hanshaw Middle School third place. All entries were amazing displays of artistry.
This year, we added a FREE shuttle bus sponsored by Stanislaus County Regional Transportation (StaRT), Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc. and CrossPoint Church. Attendees were able to park in the church parking lot on Needham and ride in hassle free to Graceada Park. This was a welcomed addition and will be back next year as we celebrate 25 years of going green.
Lastly, the B-Green event sponsored by Boyett Petroleum provided a drive through/drop off of a wide variety of items. The participation increased dramatically from the previous year. They received 5400 lbs. of E-Waste, shredded 8620 lbs. of paper and collected a considerable amount of cardboard, aluminum, glass and cans. All of the revenue generated from this event benefitted the City of Modesto Dog Park. Thank you Boyett Petroleum!
Special thanks go to all of our generous sponsors and volunteers whose contributions made this event possible. Please mark your calendars for next year’s event: Saturday, April 19, 2014. Bring your family and friends and help us celebrate 25 years of making our community a better place to live.
For more information, contact the Solid Waste office at