Community celebrating Earth Day early

Amarillo, TX - Although Earth Day is tomorrow, it was celebrated by many a day early.

Today hundreds of area residents pitched in to help improve Thompson Park.

The City of Amarillo launched the Regeneration 2012 project where volunteers planted 250 new trees.

They also assisted with planting flower beds, painting a pool building, completing a playground renovation and placement of new trash receptacles.

"Amarillo needs to come together to get big projects like this done. It's important to raise awareness of these activities and with more people and more volunteers, we get more done," says Kim Vincent, Allied Waste Recyclery of Amarillo.

Games and giveaways were also part of the fun, along with information on how residents can help conserve water.

More people were celebrating Earth Day at the West Edge Amarillo Block Party.

Booths from local artists, businesses and area vendors were set up along 7th and Van Buren, offering handmade goods, information and advice about how to be green.

The Share the Road organization was there to show their support and encourages all residents to ride their bicycles to run short errands to eliminate pollution.