May 23, 2014

News Release

For Immediate Release

Dirt Day celebrates gardening, community and the great outdoors

The Woodland Heights Neighborhood Association's 2nd annual Dirt Day will be held Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at historic Lafayette Park, 202 E. Atlantic St.

Dirt Day is a free celebration of the pleasures and healthy benefits of gardening, green practices and the outdoors. The event is interactive, educational and informative and is open to the entire community.

"This family-oriented event offers fun and educational outdoor activities for children and adults," said event organizer Linda Passeri. "We would like this event to feature the many botanical groups in the area and for the groups to connect with the public and offer membership. There is no cost to attend or participate."

Activities include a plant exchange, expert landscaping and gardening tips and numerous informational booths. Attendees are encouraged to bring plants, cuttings, bulbs and seeds to share. Children’s activities include birdhouse painting and a "dinosaur dig," where kids dig for miniature dinosaurs and clay bones to take home. The Springfield-Greene County Park Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center will offer pony rides.

Lafayette Park, established 1869, is one of the two oldest parks in Springfield, predating the 1913 establishment of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

Dirt Day is a sponsored by the Woodland Heights Neighborhood Association in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

For more information about Dirt Day, contact:
Linda Passeri, 880-1572,
Tim Phillips, 848-3675,