Palo Alto celebrates Arbor Day this weekend

Tree-themed events to be held at Eleanor Pardee Park

A celebration of the national tree-planting holiday Arbor Day will be held at Eleanor Pardee Park this Saturday (March 12).

Sponsored by the City of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto nonprofit Canopy and Tree City USA, the event will feature a variety of tree-themed festivities.

Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa will participate in a ceremonial tree planting at 9:30 a.m., with a tree-planting demonstration to follow.

The event is child-friendly, with tree walks scheduled for 10 and 11:30 a.m and story-times at 11:10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.

There will also be competitive tree-climbing demonstrations at 10:10 a.m., 11:10 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. Tree educator Chad Brey will race Jared Abrojena, a world-champion climber recognized at the 2009 International Tree Climbing Championship.

City arborist Dave Dockter will be present to answer tree questions at an all-day Ask the Arborist booth.

For more information, visit Canopy.

— Sarah Trauben

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Posted by Mike-Crescent Park
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Mike-Crescent Park is a registered user.

The same park where they just finished cutting down 16 magnificent towering eucalyptus trees nearly 100 years old. The city jury-shopped three arborists dueling opinions until they got enough ammunition to declare the trees likely unsafe.

This to help the city respond to a few local residents that were frightened because a branch fell a few months ago. They put the city on notice that these trees constituted a death trap, leaving the city in a legal no win position.

So a week ago we all lost the trees, at a removal cost likely several times that needed to move the nearby playground to the other side of the park where there is already a playground.

And this weekend we get a few politically correct new trees, a 'ceremonial planting' and a circus of tree climbers, etc. And in a hundred years some sizable trees.

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Posted by Peter
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Mar 11, 2011 at 6:20 am

What hubris to have it here where you city, city council and Canopy could have saved these trees. You have NO shame. Meanwhile over at Mitchell Park library where you had no shame as well - large trucks are parked where the beautiful Stone Pines once graced the land.

It goes to show that just because you have all the right tree "credentials" doesn't mean a thing. What matter is if you have the right temperament to want to save mature trees. And that is sorely missing in the current leadership. Looks like alot of people who enjoy have power over trees.

Let us not forget the future tales this crew is spinning. Two more beautiful Stone Pines behind the Main Library are to be removed, not to replaced with some other trees (which is bad enough) but to turn it into a driveway to connect the two parking lots! You have no shame. Please go away and leave the trees of Palo Alto alone.

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