SF Rec and Park Kicks Off Tu B’Shvat Celebration with Buena Vista Park Tree Planting
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) in partnership with Buena Vista Neighborhood Association & Friends of Buena Vista Park, Chabad of Cole Valley, and Cole Valley merchants will celebrate Tu B’Shvat with a tree planting and gardening event at Buena Vista Park on Sunday, January 27, 2013 starting at 10:00AM.
Tu B’Shevat is a Jewish holiday, New Year of the Trees, also known as the Jewish Arbor Day. The Day falls in the middle of winter, and tree planting has become a stable ritual to celebrate the occasion for the Jewish community in San Francisco Bay Area.
In 2012, SF Rec and Park partnered with A Living Library and planted 500th tree at St. Mary’s Square with more than sixty 6th graders as a celebration of Tu B’Shevat and the milestone of planting 500 trees in parks around San Francisco.
“SF Rec and Park is building on our 2012 tree planting momentum with the mission to planting more trees and connecting our diverse communities,” said, Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “SF Rec and Park aims to create a sustainable green environment and provide ecological education for the general public throughout our park system.”
In addition, SF Rec and Park Volunteer Program’s partnership with community members is the Department’s overall efforts to foster civic participation and community stewardship of neighborhood parks. With community tree planting events, SF Rec and Park raises environmental awareness to encourage support and effort of greening City’s parks and recreation facilities. SF Rec and Park invites San Franciscans to become volunteers and participate tree planting events. For more information, please visit website at www.sfrecpark.org.