A joint effort by multiple Lower Bucks County municipalities drew hundreds to Core Creek Park in Middletown on Saturday to celebrate community and Earth Day.
The celebration, which came the week after Earth Day, brought together Middletown Township, Falls Township, Hulmeville Borough, Upper Makefield, Lower Makefield, Newtown Township, Northampton, and Bucks County Parks and Recreation to host the event to celebrate the plant.
More than 300 green recycling bins and 300 free trees and shrubs were provided to attendees. There were numerous opportunities for attendees to learn about energy saving practices and connect with different local agencies and organizations like the Peace Valley Nature Center and Silver Lake Nature Center.
“After a long winter, everyone is excited to just come outside,” said Paul Kopera, the director of parks and recreation in Middletown. “It’s a great celebration of community.”
Kopera said the event is also a show a solidarity between the local municipalities.
Core Creek Park was a great venue for an event that brings together multiple municipalities because of its central and accommodating location. The county park location means that none of the participating municipalities needed to put up the space to host the event.
“Environmental efforts are really a critical point for local municipalities to lead on,” Kopera said.
By giving away recycling bins, the local governments are encouraging residents to recycle. Middletown made efforts to show the ease of reducing waste by using water coolers instead of giving away bottles of water.
“In these small ways, we try to take the lead with folks,” Kopera said.