HighWaterLine Delray Beach showcases this year’s Earth Day message in a tangible way. With “arts, collaboration and activities,” a full day of hands-on events illustrate rising sea levels.
“It’s a slow process for sea level rise, but it’s real and it’s happening,” said John Morgan, the city’s sustainability officer. The goal is to raise awareness and direct action toward solutions.
“This is not a the-sky-is-falling event. It’s a message of hope,” he said. “The city has in its history adapted to lots of changes… We’re doing things to adapt, and we’ll do more.”
Saturday, the public is invited to gather at 8:30 a.m. in three districts to kick off the HighWaterLine outdoor art performance. At 9 a.m. the walk begins. Seven miles of chalk line will be drawn.
“Three neighborhoods are already impacted by sea level rise flooding,” said HighWaterLine co-founder Janice Booher. [note: Jan Booher is co-founder of Florida Earth Festival, not HighWaterLine] They are Nassau, where its walk starts at Hibiscus Road and Seagate Drive; the Marina walk meets at Knowles Park, 1001 S. Federal Highway. The Frog Alley walk gathers at the Boys & Girls Club, 1451 SW Seventh St.
Using a wheeled line marker, the type used on football fields for yard lines, a stripe will be drawn at the 4-foot mark. That’s the average elevation flood levels reach when storm surges and heavy rains combine with rising salt water.
“People will take turns pushing the chalk machine along the lines,” said HighWaterLIne project manager Barbara Eriv. More than 150 are expected to participate. Families with children are welcome to take a turn.
Veterans Park, 802 NE First St., is the hub of the Earth Day festivities. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., informational exhibits and vendors will be on site. Folks are invited to sign the 2-foot-by-10-foot-long message mural.
At noon, the Finders Keepers Art Search begins. Until 5 p.m., anyone can search for talisman tiles at the beach, the Intracoastal and Frog Alley. The markers can be redeemed for a hand-painted art tile. Maps will be handed out at the gazebo.
“It’s a lot of fun,” artist Sharon Koskoff said. “We just want to create awareness that these areas are at risk.” Call 561-699-7899.
At 7:30 p.m. the lineup will assemble for a water dance moving choir procession. It’s choreographed with live music and illuminated with blue LED lights.
“We chose Delray for our demonstration because the city has started to take notice of climate change and is starting to plan with climate change in mind,” Eriv said. “It’s critical, and it’s what we want other municipalities in Palm Beach County to do.”
HighWaterLine Delray Beach is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Visit FloridaEarthFestival.com. Call 561-243-7190.
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