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Redwood City and CityTrees Celebrating National PARK(ing) Day and 2,000th Tree Planted in Our Urban Forest

Redwood City, CA - September 12, 2008 - Since May of 2000, local non-profit CityTrees ( has worked closely with Redwood City and the entire community to enhance and expand our City’s urban forest. With the dedicated work of an enthusiastic cadre of volunteers, CityTrees has planted and helped maintain trees, and provided community education on our urban forest. This month, CityTrees marks the astounding milestone of planting their 2,000th tree, all for the benefit of the community of Redwood City!

At the same time, the community is celebrating National PARK(ing) Day. In cooperation with the Trust for Public Lands ( and artists’ collaborative REBAR, this annual event highlights every community’s need for park lands. By temporarily transforming a few parking spaces into mini-parks – “PARK(ing)” spaces – this event helps to raise the profile of the importance of parks and green spaces for our quality of life.

The community is invited to join in the fun of National PARK(ing) Day, and celebrate CityTrees’ remarkable accomplishment of planting its 2,000th tree. It’s a full weekend of fun for the whole family, all about the benefits that parks and trees bring to our community:

  • Friday, September 19th – several parking spaces on Theatre Way next to Courthouse Square will be transformed into “PARK(ing)” spaces. Everyone will love these mini-parks, some of which include bushes and shrubs, benches, trees, and lighting. There will be free lemonade, a drawing to win a lemon tree or other great prizes, fun tree activities for kids, and lots of information available about trees and our urban forest. Local schools will provide beautifully-decorated wheelbarrow salsa gardens, and, CityTrees’ 2,000th tree to be planted – a magnificent 18-foot tall Valley Oak in a 48-inch container – will be on display all day.

  • Saturday September 20th – a full day of fun is in store at the First Annual Salsa Festival from noon to 8 pm on Broadway, Courthouse Square, and Theatre Way. See for details. CityTree’s 2,000th tree will continue to be on display, along with the fun mini-park “PARK(ing)” spaces.

  • Sunday, September 21st – starting at 1 pm, CityTrees invites the community to Stafford Park (at Hopkins and King Streets) to join in the ceremony and celebration, as its 2,000th tree is planted. This is an event not to miss, including refreshments and entertainment. Local elected officials and others will use shovels-full of dirt to ceremonially help plant the tree – which will be a lasting symbol of the tireless and fruitful work of CityTrees and its volunteers, supporters, and sponsors, as well as the intrinsic value of trees to our community of both today and the future.

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Chris Beth
Parks Superintendent


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