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City of Santa Clarita Celebrates 16th Annual Arbor Day Festivities

The City of Santa Clarita, Urban Forestry Division, is proud to present the 16th Annual Arbor Day Celebration!

The festivities will be held Saturday March 19, 2005 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at Bridgeport Park, located at 23520 Bridgeport Lane, in Valencia. Bridgeport Park is adjacent to Newhall Ranch Road, between Bouquet Canyon Road and McBean Parkway. There is no admission fee.

Each year, the City hosts the Arbor Day Celebration to educate residents about the benefits of trees as part of the world-recognized Arbor Day holiday. For the 15th consecutive year, Santa Clarita will also be honored by the National Arbor Day Foundation with the prestigious “Tree City USA” award. Mayor Cameron Smyth will be on hand to kick off the event and to accept the honor.

This year’s festivities will include food and a variety of demonstrations and giveaways. Volunteers will plant 200 new trees and 1,000 free trees and mulch will be available to the public. There will also be pony rides, and a “moon bouncer” for children, and live entertainment throughout the day. Representatives from Friends of the Santa Clarita River, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, the U.S. Forestry Service, and other local, state, and county organizations will be present to provide locals with valuable information about a variety of topics.

“Our goal is to educate residents of Santa Clarita about this ‘Tree City’ and to provide them with information on how to continue our city’s reputation for being a clean and beautiful place to live,” said Robert Sartain, an Arborist/Supervisor with the City.

For more information on this year’s events, please contact Ryan Wasson, Leaf-Out Coordinator for the City, at 661-294-2567.