Earth Day coming to Crews Lake Park

Crews Lake Park will celebrate Earth Day April 26 with a day-long event featuring workshops, crafts and even a ladybug release.

The event is sponsored by Pasco County Parks & Recreation, Covanta Pasco, the University of Florida Pasco Cooperative Extension and Pasco County Utilities. It takes place at the park, located at 16739 Crews Lake Drive in Spring Hill, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Two workshops are scheduled, the first talking about rain water harvesting at both 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and a worm composting workshop at noon. There also are opportunities for attendees to bring in electronics for recycling, including televisions — although more than two televisions will cost $7.

The event also will accept any mercury-containing device, with each person bringing that receiving a $5 gift card from Walmart. Anyone with expired or unused medications can bring them to the event as well as part of its pill take-back program.

Crews Lake also will the the site Saturday for hazardous household waste collection from residential sources only. The utilities department will accept all kinds of waste, except explosives, biomedical, business, household trash, substances in containers greater than five gallons, radioactive materials, drums of any size, yard debris, carpet and padding, and construction demolition debris.

The event will include a native plant sale, as well as train rides from Central Pasco & Gulf Railroad.

For more information on the event, call (727) 856-2917, ext. 201.

Earth Day itself is celebrated April 22, calling attention to the need for environmental protection.

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