The City of Winter Park’s Natural Resources and Sustainability Department, Keep Winter Park Beautiful and Sustainable (KWPB&S) Advisory Board, and Center for Health and Wellbeing are teaming up to host the Ward & Wellbeing Earth Day Block Party on Saturday, April 22.

The block party will kick off bright and early at 7:30 a.m. with the 30th Run for the Trees Jeannette Genius McKean Memorial 5k presented by the Center for Health & Wellbeing, hosted by the city and Track Shack. Runners can click HERE to register and are encouraged to bring old running shoes to be recycled through Track Shack’s Sneaker Seekers Program.

The route takes runners through the Genius Preserve, which is usually closed to the public and features historic orange groves and even a decommissioned orange packing plant on the shores of Lake Virginia.

The Earth Day Block Party will be from 8-11:30 a.m., in Ward Park located at 250 Perth Lane [GMap], and inside the Center for Health & Wellbeing located at 2005 Mizell Avenue [GMap]. The event will feature award presentations for local schools and organizations, live music, sustainability demonstrations, and giveaways. In honor of Earth Day, certified arborists from the city’s Urban Forestry Division will be on-site to answer questions and give away an assortment of one-gallon trees to participants of Run for the Trees. Residents can sign up to receive their free tree through the Community Canopy Program.

The Center for Health & Wellbeing is a partnership between the Winter Park Health Foundation and AdventHealth that provides a public hub for Wholeness, Fitness, and Medicine programs and services. Episode 314 of our weekly radio show on 104.1 FM, “Bungalower and The Bus,” was recorded at the Center’s Nourish Coffee Bar and you can listen to that episode HERE.

For a full list of Earth Day Block Party activities hosted by the Center for Health & Wellbeing, head to

Brendan O'Connor

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