OCEAN COUNTY – Ocean County Freeholders are reminding all county residents to recognize this Saturday, April 22 as Earth Day.
Residents are encouraged to get out enjoy the 60 percent of Ocean County’s 408,000 acres that have been preserved for open space, including federal, state and county lands.
“We take great pride in our environment in Ocean County,” Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari said. “From our parks to our open space to our efforts to protect and preserve Barnegat Bay, I am asking all of our citizens to take the same pride in their communities as we celebrate Earth Day.”
Freeholder Vicari, who serves as liaison to Buildings and Grounds, recently joined Ocean County Grounds crews at the large planter at the corner of Hooper Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Toms River to plant seasonal flowers in honor of Earth Day.
Created by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was meant to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of the environment. An estimated 20 million people attended festivities across the county on its initial day of celebration.