[PHOTOS] Tucker holds first Earth Day celebration, launches youth recreational baseball league

Griffin Wilson, 5, poses for a photo on Opening Day of the Tucker Baseball League at Fitzgerald Field on April 17, 2021. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Tucker, GA — April 17 was a day of firsts in Tucker as the city held its inaugural Earth Day Celebration and launched its new youth recreational baseball league at Fitzgerald Field.

Earth Day events included free paper shredding at Tucker City Hall and volunteers stationed at four city parks gave away 200 red maple tree saplings, 600 honeybee mix flower seed packets and 1,000 copies of an educational children’s book titled “David and the Trees” that was written and illustrated by Tucker city staff members.

Parks & Recreation Director Rip Robertson said his team spent six months getting the baseball fields in shape for opening day.

City planner Rosie Mafe (l) and communications director Matt Holmes pitch-in during the free Earth Day paper shredding event at Tucker City Hall on April 17, 2021. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Javier Ferreras from Shred-It rolls a garbage can filled with paper to his truck during the free Earth Day paper shredding event at Tucker City Hall on April 17, 2021. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Braylin George, 5, takes a practice swing on Opening Day of the Tucker Baseball League at Fitzgerald Field on April 17, 2021. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Roger Vogel grills hot dogs for Opening Day of the Tucker Baseball League at Fitzgerald Field on April 17, 2021. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Tucker had 1,000 copies of an educational children’s book titled “David and the Trees” that was written and illustrated by city staff members available to give away during its first Earth Day Celebration on April 17, 2021. Photo by Dean Hesse.
At Johns Homestead Park, Intern Harris Jamal shows some of the 600 honeybee mix flower seed packets the city of Tucker gave away during its first Earth Day Celebration on April 17, 2021. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Tillman Greene, 5, was the first player to show up on Opening Day of the Tucker Baseball League at Fitzgerald Field on April 17, 2021. Tillman’s father Michael Greene said he played baseball and football at Fitzgerald Field as a child. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Hayes Basit, 8, gets a fist bump from his father Jamal Basit before hitting the field on Opening Day of the Tucker Baseball League at Fitzgerald Field on April 17, 2021. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Chris and Tara Sears help their son Luke, 5, adjust his hat on Opening Day of the Tucker Baseball League at Fitzgerald Field on April 17, 2021. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Mayor Frank Auman throws out the first pitch on Opening Day of the Tucker Baseball League at Fitzgerald Field on April 17, 2021. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Mayor Frank Auman on left, helps out Javier Ferreras from Shred-It during the free Earth Day paper shredding event at Tucker City Hall on April 17, 2021. Photo by Dean Hesse.
At Johns Homestead Park, Cara Schroeder, a volunteer with Friends of Tucker Parks and co-chair of Friends of Henderson Park, holds one of the 200 red maple tree saplings given away during the city of Tuckers first ever Earth Day Celebration on April 17, 2021. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Mayor Frank Auman lends a hand during the free Earth Day paper shredding event at Tucker City Hall on April 17, 2021. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Graylin Mitchell takes advantage of the free Earth Day Celebration paper shredding event at Tucker City Hall on April 17, 2021. Mitchell said it was exciting to get rid of all the paper she accumulated after being locked down due to COVID for the past year. Photo by Dean Hesse.