Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Urban Forestry presents the city’s annual Arbor Day Festival on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mt. Scott Park, at Southeast 72nd Avenue between Harold and Knight streets.

COURTESY PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION

Festival-goers prepare for a bucket truck ride at last year’s Arbor Day festival.

Arbor Day 2017 is a free, multicultural festival for all ages. Enjoy food from local vendors and participate in activities for the whole family underneath towering Douglas fir trees. Commissioner Amanda Fritz and PP&R Director Mike Abbaté will welcome guests with brief remarks. Enjoy musical performances all afternoon. Activities include:

•    Bucket truck rides (a free, bird’s-eye view of Portland from above the treetops)
•    Tamales from Tierra del Sol
•    Asian cuisine from Sisters Fusion
•    The Latin sounds of Trio Matices
•    Eclectic melodies from international recording artist Darka Dusty and her partner, Miri Stebivka
•    Vocal stylings of acapella group B-Side Book Club
•    Learn about the history of Portland’s urban forest
•    An ecological scavenger hunt
•    Botanical printmaking
•    Face painting
•    A tree-climbing demonstration
•    Tree seedling giveaways
•    The Bill Naito Community Trees Awards, presented to one individual and one group exemplifying “tree-mendous” achievements

“Trees are an essential component of Portland’s livability,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “They help enhance the environment, provide shade and wildlife habitat, filter stormwater runoff and improve air quality. Arbor Day 2017 is a chance to come together and celebrate the special contributions that trees make to our quality of life.”

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