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Anne Springs Close Greenway Hosts Earth Day, Anniversary Festivities

FORT MILL, S.C., April 10, 2017 — Celebrating its 22nd Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 22, the Anne Springs Close Greenway will offer free entry and activities – from hiking and kayaking to horseback rides and more – inviting visitors to experience the 2,100-acre natural preserve, minutes south of Charlotte.

Opening ceremonies will include a horseback demonstration as well as an appearance from Greenway founder and namesake, Anne Springs Close. DJ Little K will perform throughout the day, with opening ceremonies starting at 10a.m. and activities scheduled through 2p.m.

The 22nd annual Earth Day Celebration marks the culmination of the first-ever “April is Love the Greenway Month” and will recognize the campaign’s biggest supporters and “Get Your Selfie Outside” contest winners. The community campaign aims to increase awareness and also raise $211,000, which represents $1 for every foot of trail on property.

“This campaign is an opportunity to engage our visitors and members by encouraging them to get outside and enjoy our beautiful Greenway. Let April be the month that you are compelled to join, give and support the trails you love.” said Denise Cubbedge, Director of Development for the Greenway.  “Earth Day is just one of many days throughout the year that people enjoy being out on the Greenway.  It is the perfect time to showcase our features and offer festivities as a way to recognize the critical importance of preserving our planet, as well as this local natural resource.”

More than twice the size of New York’s Central Park, the Greenway features native plants and animals, 40 miles of trails, waterways and swinging bridges, historic buildings, and facilities such as its 1940s Dairy Barn for weddings and other special events. The signature Earth Day commemorates the Greenway’s opening in 1995, when the land was formally set aside for preservation and public recreation by the family of Anne Springs Close, as a tribute to her devotion to nature. The family ran the Springs textile mills for more than 100 years and has owned the land since the late 1800s.

More than two dozen exhibitors will be on hand, and food trucks will also be on site. Exhibitors include the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, Nation Ford FFA, Dirt Dauber Deb’s Mobile Gem Mine, Carolina Thread Trail, Keep York County Beautiful, Lotus Pilates & BodyWorks, Cabela’s, Nation Ford Land Trust & York County Forever, Museum of York County, York Electric Cooperative, Inc., Ragnar Relay, Catawba Master Naturalist Association, Greenway Education Team and FLYERS Program, Nation Ford High School, Greenway Birding Club, Riverview Elementary Environmental Club and more.

Activities include:

  • Lead-line horse rides
  • Canoeing, kayaking and cane-pole fishing
  • Border Collie demonstrations
  • Mary Warner Mack Dog Park open house (Adventure Road Entrance)
  • Kids Zone
  • Guided nature and history hikes
  • Community yoga classes from Lotus Pilates & BodyWorks
  • Farm animals

Events are located at the Greenway’s Dairy Barn entrance, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, S.C., 29715.