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Archived News Release from 2007

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Redwood City Invites Community to Celebrate World Environment Day with the “Tour des Trees” Bike Ride/Park Stroll and Other Fun Family Environmental Activities

Redwood City, CA -  May 24, 2007 - This June, as the United Nations sponsors the 35th annual World Environment Day in Tromse, Norway, the community of Redwood City is invited to celebrate and participate locally in the World Environment Day Tour des Trees Bike Ride / Park Stroll & Environmental Festival! The fun starts at 9:00 am on Saturday June 2nd and continues until 12:00 pm at Red Morton Park, in the picnic area adjacent to Valota Road.

Activities include a 16-mile Tour des Trees bike ride ($20 donation requested – free T-shirt to first 100 reserved participants); lots of FREE children’s activities including face painting and arts and crafts, and children’s walk, bike, or scoot around Red Morton Park; information about local environmental and non-profit groups; and the ceremonial planting of a tree in Red Morton Park. The environmental festival is on from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, with the special tree planting ceremony at 11:30 am, sponsored by CityTrees, Redwood City’s non-profit tree planting organization (www.citytrees.org).

For more details or Tour des Trees participation forms, please contact Gordon Mann at 650-780-7493 or gmann@redwoodcity.org.

Redwood City is combining the Tour des Trees with the United Nations Environment Program’s World Environment Day (www.unep.org/wed) in an effort to raise awareness and participation in protecting our environment and helping our urban forest. The Tour des Trees Redwood City is a fund raiser for the TREE Fund, a non-profit tree research foundation (www.treefund.org). Once per year, the International TREE Fund’s Tour des Trees completes a week-long bike ride (this year from July 20 – 26 in northern California), and each day of the ride a tree is planted along the route. Donations at Redwood City’s event will help to raise funds for tree research in coordination with the annual week-long bike ride.

Redwood City ’s World Environment Day event is co-sponsored by Rubbersidewalks, Inc., Whole Foods Market, Norcal Waste Systems of San Mateo County, HortScience, The Professional Tree Care Company, and the City of Redwood City.

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Contact:
Gordon Mann
Public Works Superintendent
(650) 780-7493

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