Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Over 120 Escondido residents have volunteered to plant 315 trees in Escondido on October 23, 2010, as part of a statewide effort by United Voices for Healthier Communities to plant 3,300 trees at 100 locations in California. Under the supervision of professional arborists, volunteers will plant 182 trees at Kit Carson Park and 133 on Centre City Parkway. 

The volunteers working on Centre City Parkway will check-in at the Police and Fire Headquarters parking lot at 1163 N. Centre City Parkway between 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. After a brief welcome by Mayor Pro Tem Dick Daniels, they will begin planting trees at 8:30. Volunteers planting trees at Kit Carson Park will check in at the Mary Lane entrance to the park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler will welcome them at 8:45 a.m. and planting will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Following the tree plantings, a “Healthy CommuniTrees Expo” will be held to increase awareness about the benefits of trees. It will be a part of the City of Escondido’s Health and Safety Expo for the “Families on Foot Run Walk” which also will be held on October 23 at Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Parkway, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Funding for the project, including the trees, comes from the California ReLeaf America Recovery & Reinvestment Grant Program through the USDA Forest Service. United Voices for Healthier Communities partners include the California Urban Forests Council, Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture, Tree Fresno, Urban Corps of San Diego County, City of Lompoc, San Diego Regional Urban Forests Council, Central Coast Regional Urban Forests Council and San Joaquin Valley Urban Forests Council.