Mayor Pro Tem Cameron Smyth: We’re creating community at Earth Arbor Day Festival

Councilmember Cameron Smyth

When it comes to creating community in Santa Clarita, my fellow council members and I make it a top priority to create opportunities for family and friends to connect. Whether it’s exploring the thousands of acres of open space, riding Pace bikes on our miles of trails or even visiting one of the city’s 34 parks, there are always opportunities to connect. The best part is these activities are all environmentally friendly and preserve the natural beauty of our city.

Our community has made it a top priority to care for the beauty of Santa Clarita. Since our city’s incorporation, we have focused on creating events and programs that support the city’s efforts toward sustainable lifestyles. That is why my fellow council members and I invite you to take part in the Earth Arbor Day Festival at Central Park on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Have you ever wondered if there was a fun green event that you can explore with your friends and family, within the comfort of a beautiful city park? The city’s Earth Arbor Day festival is just that! This is an excellent opportunity for residents and their children to learn about their role in helping care for our environment. The festival also offers residents the tools and resources needed to recycle, compost and conserve water.

The festival will kick off with the city celebrating its 29th consecutive year of being awarded the “Tree City USA” designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. This award recognizes the steps our community takes to effectively manage public tree resources and implement a program that protects trees in our community. To celebrate, the city is offering 1,000 one-gallon trees and a total of 80 yards of mulch. These are both free, while supplies last!

Another highlight of the festival is the always popular cArt aRT contest! Residents have the chance to compete, by transforming ordinary trash carts into masterpieces using craft supplies, recycled items and creativity!

Earth Arbor Day weekend also includes the KHTS Santa Clarita Home and Garden Show, as well as the Emergency Expo and KHTS Arts and Crafts Fair, taking place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 400 vendors will be talking about the resources and tools needed to get started on your home improvement and gardening projects, just to name a few!

At the Emergency Expo, emergency responders will give tips on how you and your family can be more prepared in the event of a natural disaster. With wildfire season now being year-round, it is more important than ever to take advantage of the resources at this free event.

It’s events like Earth Arbor Day that show just how much your city cares about our community, our health and the environment. Opportunities like this come only once a year… I hope to see you there! You can learn more about the Earth Arbor Day Festival and other green events by visiting GreenSantaClarita.com.

Mayor Pro Tem Cameron Smyth is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at [email protected]

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