Arbor Day to add up to 40 new street trees – and a mural – in Richmond


An Arbor Day event in Richmond next month will lead to the planting of as many as 40 street trees, according to Richmond Trees, which announced the Arbor Day celebration in its latest newsletter.

Local organizations and volunteers plan to meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 15 at South 42nd Street and Ohio Avenue for the tree planting, which is part of a broader initiative to improve health and aesthetics in the city by adding more trees.

Also at the Arbor Day event, a new mural and revamped pocket park will be unveiled at the Richmond Greenway entrance at S. 42nd and Ohio.

The event is funded as part of a CalFire grant that aims to plant 500 trees in Richmond’s disadvantaged neighborhoods over two years. More on the nearly $500,000 grant here.

The number of partners involved in the effort show just how serious community leaders have been about expanding the city’s urban forestry. Groundwork Richmond, Pogo Park and The Watershed Project partnered to win the grant, while Richmond Trees partnered with Groundwork Richmond and the city to run the Arbor Day event.

Among the volunteers expected on Oct. 15 are local doctors and staff from the pediatric department at Kaiser Permanente in Pinole. They plan to help with planting, according to Richmond Trees.

More volunteers are needed and members of the community are encouraged to join the celebration.

“All ages are welcome and we love it when whole families come out to volunteer together. There will also be a table with kids’ activities, music and food,” Richmond Trees’ newsletter stated.

Richmond holds an annual Arbor Day celebration in October due to its participation in The Tree City USA program, which promotes the greening of urban areas and provide education on urban forestry management.

Last year, Arbor Day in Richmond occurred in conjunction with Make a Difference Day and brought volunteers to John F. Kennedy Park. The above photo was taken at that event.


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