SANTA MONICA—The city of Santa Monica will celebrate National Arbor Day on Friday, April 22, by planting 24 new trees at Crescent Bay Park. The event will take place at Crescent Bay Park located at 2000 Ocean Avenue from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided for attendees.

Many different organizations will participate in the event including the City’s Recreation and Parks Commission and Urban Forest Task Force along with the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica, Santa Monica Lions Club, Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club, Santa Monica Breakfast Club, and Santa Monica Jaycees.

At the Arbor Day event, volunteers will plant 10 native California wax myrtle trees (Myrica californica), four flaxleaf paperback trees (Melaleuca linarifolia), six Australian tea trees (Leptospermum laevigatum), and four New Zealand Christmas trees (Metrosideros excelsus).

Arbor Day was founded by J. Sterling Morton to celebrate the benefit of trees in 1872. This year will mark the 144th installment of Arbor Day, and the 35th year that Santa Monica has been allocated as a Tree City USA. The honor is given by the Arbor Day Foundation for Santa Monica’s continual success and long-striving commitment in urban forest management.

Those interested in participating in the even for National Arbor Day can RSVP to

To learn more about Arbor Day visit For more information about Santa Monica’s urban forest visit