Local school raises money for San Elijo Lagoon

Annual Earth Day "March for Parks" to be held April 19

n Earth Day "March for Parks," a walk event to raise money for a variety of projects to improve San Elijo Lagoon, will be held on Saturday, April 19, 1997. The March will begin at 1pm with a rally at Pacific View School, 608 3rd St., Encinitas, followed by a walk through Encinitas. The event will conclude at 3pm at the mouth of San Elijo Lagoon. The March is sponsored by the National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA). If you would like to take part, please call Victor Flake at (619) 632-8507.

NPCA hopes the March for Parks will raise approximately $5,000 for the construction of a watershed model at the Visitors' Center. Funds will also go to projects to further protect the park's natural and cultural resources. "These projects would not be possible without the dollars and time contributed by concerned citizens whop are showing how much they care about their parks," said NPCA President Paul C. Pritchard.

March for Parks is America's only national walk event for parks and open spaces. NPCA sponsors the event to raise awareness and funds for America's national, state, regional, and local parks. The March for Parks in Encinitas is one of hundreds of marches in all 50 states that will take place in conjunction with Earth Day. The events are being organized by local environmental, school, youth, business, and other citizen groups for parks in their communities. All money raised stays at the local level for the park projects identified by each organizing group.

March for Parks is supported nationally by corporate sponsors, whose generous contributions make it possible for NPCA to distribute free organizing materials and posters to all its organizing groups around the country. The nationals sponsors are Clairol Herbal Essences, First USA, and Walking Magazine. Our local sponsor is Environgentle.

NPCA is America's only private nonprofit citizen organization dedicated solely to protecting, preserving, and enhancing the U.S. National Park System. Founded in 1919, NPCA has more than 450,000 members.