Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido will observe Arbor Day by holding a cleanup and tree planting event on Friday, April 26, 2013. Beginning at approximately 7:30 a.m. ten tree crews from the private sector will join with City public works staff to perform tree maintenance at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and Grape Day Park. Due to safety concerns, various areas of the park will be closed to the public until approximately 2:00 p.m. while the work is completed. A ceremonial tree planting by the Mayor and local school children also will be held at 2:00 p.m. in Grape Day Park.

The event is being coordinated by the Professional Tree Care Association of San Diego (PTCA) in partnership with the City of Escondido, Grangetto’s Farm and Garden Supply, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and the San Diego Urban Forest Council.  Persons interested in volunteering may contact Mike Reed at 760-802-9041.

Every Arbor Day PTCA has volunteers from its membership donate labor and equipment to non-profit organizations to assist them in tree maintenance they might otherwise not be able to afford. This year they will be volunteering in two locations: the California Center for the Arts/Grape Day Park in Escondido, and also Girl Scout Headquarters in San Diego.  Over the years, the PTCA has assisted the City of San Diego at numerous park locations, The Boy Scouts, Quail Botanical Gardens, Campfire USA and many others.  This will be the 20th year the PTCA has provided free labor and expertise to beautify the urban forest in San Diego. 

PTCA estimates the value of the donated labor at approximately $20,000.