Picnic in the Park to celebrate local Sierra Club’s mission


The Sussex Section of the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club will host a picnic in the park on Sunday, Aug. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m.

The picnic will be held at John West Park, 32 West Avenue in Ocean View, and it is free and open to the public.

The Sierra Club hopes the event will attract those interested in its mission. The local chapter works on various preservation projects in Delaware, including “the defense of the Delaware River from destructive industrial development and dredging, the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and protecting Delaware’s wetlands, critical habitat areas and coastal zone.”

Through several initiatives — including the Beyond Oil Campaign, Beyond Natural Gas Campaign, Beyond Coal Campaign — the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club strives to raise aware and propose solutions to issues of pollution, fracking in the Delaware River Basin and the disposal of coal ash, which is eroding into the Delaware inland bays.

The club also encourages the use of solar panels on homes and larger community solar projects.

Picnickers will gather under the park pavilion, where there are picnic tables and benches.

“Participants must bring a covered dish or dessert to share, and are asked to bring a reusable beverage container. The park has drinking-water fountains,” said Valerie Faden, a volunteer leader for the Sussex section of the Delaware Sierra Club.

The event is designed to be enjoyable for the entire family. Children can play on the playground equipment at the park.

The event will take place rain or shine. For preparation purposes, the volunteer organizers do request those planning to attend the event register online by Aug. 2 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/picnic-in-the-park-sussex-de-sierra-club-ti.... There is a maximum of 100 registrants.

For more information about the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club, visit https://delaware.sierraclub.org/.

By Ally Lanasa
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