Mesa’s free party in the park will celebrate Earth Day and America’s pastime at a new location this year. Celebrate Mesa will be at Hohokam Stadium, 1235 N. Center St., this Saturday, April 22, from noon to 4 p.m.
The event celebrates Earth Day with several activities including a Living Green Village which will feature a tree planting. Learn about solar cooking, solar energy, gardening, composting, tree care, energy and water conservation, recycling and Monarch butterflies. Attendees can join in on the fun to help create a cool recycled art caterpillar, and can take a restful moment to listen to special Earth Day stories told by Mother Nature. You can even get an instant pic of yourself or family at the Tree Hugging Booth.
“Celebrate Mesa is a great way to thank the community for supporting the city and to celebrate the many services we offer,” said Marc Heirshberg, director of Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities. “With it being Earth Day, we will have several displays to show how to help protect the planet. With the event moving to Hohokam Stadium this spring, we will have lots of fun baseball-related activities for everyone, especially the kids.”
Celebrate Mesa will be a “Near Zero Waste” event with compost stations in the two main food areas, numerous blue recycling barrels and additional recycling containers.
With Hohokam Stadium being the spring training home of the Oakland Athletics, Celebrate Mesa will also have a baseball theme. Kids will be able to run the bases just like the pros and clock their best fastball at a Kids Pitch area. The Hohokam Stadium scoreboard will be in operation displaying several videos.
Celebrate Mesa will offer carnival games, carnival rides, free train rides, a rock climbing wall, a petting zoo, bounce houses, Dino Crew Entertainment mechanical dinosaurs, superheroes, a Tot Spot toddler area, live entertainment, laser tag, food trucks, and more. City departments will have booths with information and fun, interactive activities for children. Police and fire vehicles will be on display with a fly-in from the Mesa Police Air Unit.
Admission and parking are free but there is a $5 fee for unlimited access to the carnival rides including Uproar, Tubs of Fun and Meltdown.
Raffle prizes will be given away throughout the event including children’s bicycles and museum passes.
Sponsors of Celebrate Mesa include Mesa Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities; city of Mesa; Foundation for Mesa Parks and Recreation; Mesa Recycles; SRP; Fry’s Food Stores and CenturyLink.