Party for the Planet returns to Louisville Zoo

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Published: Mar. 22, 2023 at 4:40 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2023 at 3:46 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - April 1, 2023 marks the start of the Louisville Zoo’s annual celebration Party for the Planet, according to a release.

Party for the Planet is a month-long celebration of the Earth that features recycling partners every weekend in April and special discounted admission prices on Fun Day Mondays, April 10, 17 and 24.

The celebration builds up to an observation of Earth Day with $5 off on-site admissions, free parking and eco-partner displays on Sunday, April 30, according to Louisville Zoo officials.

On April 15, volunteers are invited to meet at the zoo to cleanup the Jim King Trail, which runs along Beargrass Creek, on the zoo’s east perimeter.

The trail is named after the former Metro Council President, who passed in 2015. The goal is to clean up debris, trash and overgrowth.

“This is a trail that my family and I discovered at the beginning of COVID quarantine,” Mayor Craig Greenberg said, “when we were looking for new places across the city to safely enjoy the outdoors and to be together and to get some exercise.”

Winning submissions from the Trashformation: A Trash-to-Treasure Art Contest, which has a special emphasis on pollinators this year, will also be featured at the event.

“We are proud to once again host this exceptional month-long celebration of earth’s remarkable ecosystems.” Louisville Zoo Director Dan Maloney said. “Wildlife needs everyone to thrive, and we invite everyone to join in the effort. Party for the Planet provides the perfect opportunity to help better the bond between people and our planet, with recycling weekends and deeply discounted admission for everyone to come learn the many ways they can help promote and protect wildlife and wild places. Big thanks to LG&E and KU Foundation for making the entire month of festivities possible.”

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