Story by Lon Tytell
The darkened skies and occasional rain sprinkles did not deter the downpour of people who descended upon Stanley-Deming Park on Sat., Apr. 22 to take advantages of many activities that celebrated Earth Day. Elizabeth Knight, assisted by other members of Sustainable Warwick and volunteers from the community, were on hand to accept and arrange the many items that were in good to excellent condition that were dropped off between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We throw out too much stuff because we don’t know what to do with it. Sustainable Warwick partnered with the Village Sesquicentennial Committee to host this event called ‘Too Good to Toss,’ which encourages people to reuse what others don’t want. This also reduces the cost of hauling trash to a landfill,” Knight said.
In just a few hours, the tent was so crowded that many items were displayed outside. Residents were encouraged to return to Stanley-Deming Park on Sun., Apr. 23 to shop for any free items they might need. Eileen Egan, who dropped off some of the merchandise that she did not want, stated, “What a great idea! What I no longer use, but is in good condition, can now find a new home.”
Julia Calderon, representing the BYO Bag Committee, was selling official Town of Warwick bags to replace plastic bags, which do not decompose and find themselves in oceans and landfills. Mary Collura, creative director on the Warwick Sesquicentennial Committee, was selling commemorative memorabilia such as coasters, mugs, key chains, magnets, blankets, beanies, and hats.
Parents and their young children visited the Warwick Playground Dreams Committee booth. Volunteers shared the recent proposed plan for the new playground at Stanley-Deming Park. Megan Cardenas, Vice President of the organization, shared that a family friendly event will be held each month to help raise money needed to purchase the new equipment. The organization is currently selling t-shirts, engraved bricks and pickets, asking for sponsorships, and seeking volunteers needed to help make this dream a reality. About 200 volunteers will be needed each day to help build the playground.
Hannelore Chambers, President of the organization, said, “If everyone in the Town of Warwick gave $9.30, the whole playground could be funded in a day.”
For more information about the new playground, visit www.WarwickPlayGroundDreams.org. Megan Cardenas’ son, Alex, helped other children make seed bombs by taking dirt and rolling it in seeds. He also demonstrated how to use egg shells which add calcium to the soil when planting petunia flowers. Greenwood Lake Garden Center donated the petunia flowers and materials that were used by Alex.
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