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It’s Not Too Late — Here’s How To Sign Up For Wicker Park’s Earth Day On Saturday

The Garden Club needs to replace the 35 volunteers who usually come from Indiana to help.

The group of volunteers who helped mulch Wicker Park in 2018.
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WICKER PARK — The neighborhood’s annual Earth Day clean-up effort is Saturday — here’s how to get involved.

From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, the Wicker Park Garden Club and Advisory Council will meet at 1425 N. Damen Ave. to mulch the park’s trees, clean the dog park and rake the lawn.

“This year we need to replace the 35 people who came from Indiana to help with neighbors,” Garden Club leader Doug Wood said. “That is, we need to get more neighbors to give back to the park.”

Volunteers must sign-up online as well as print and sign a waiver form, which can be found here.

All children under the age of 12 must be supervised by and work alongside their parents. Volunteers should wear clothes that can get dirty, gloves and close-toed shoes.

Forks, rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows and brooms will be provided.

Mulching the trees provides nutrients and keeps the soil from becoming compressed, Wood explained.

“This allows the water to penetrate to the tree roots,” he said. “Most importantly, it gives a good base for activities like the Farmers Market. Without the mulch, the farmers will be setting up in mud.”

For questions, contact Wood by emailing Doug.Wood@WickerPark.org