Join Portland Parks & Recreation for Portland Arbor Day 2022

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Take part in volunteer tree plantings to help increase the city’s tree canopy on Saturday, October 29, 2022, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Glenwood Park in East Portland.

(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and our Urban Forestry department welcome everyone to Arbor Day 2022 at Glenwood Park, SE 87th Avenue and SE Claybourne Street. All are welcome to join the festivities and to enjoy tree-related activities for all ages and abilities.

A man enjoys a conversation with Portland Parks & Recreation staff during a prior PP&R Arbor Day celebration. He has a beard and moustache and is wearing a baseball cap, scarf, and a safety vest over a long-sleeved black shirt, carrying a young tree in a bucket.
A man enjoys a conversation with Portland Parks & Recreation staff during a prior PP&R Arbor Day celebration.

WHAT: Portland Arbor Day 2022

WHEN: Saturday, October 29, 2022, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Glenwood Park, SE 87th Avenue and SE Claybourne Street

Portland Parks & Recreation will have fun, all-ages activities including

  • Face painting
  • Games on-site; play to win prizes
  • Free passes to PP&R community centers for exercise classes, workouts, and swimming pool access
  • Giveaways (t-shirts, pens, bags, pencils, stickers, notebooks, and more!)
  • Heritage Trees (Committee)
  • Urban Forestry Commission

Partners at the event include:

  • Trees for Life Oregon
  • Johnson Creek Watershed Council
  • Brentstock Incubators
  • Families for Climate
  • East Portland Parks Coalition

“Amid a record-breaking year for heat, the need for cool, shaded areas in Portland remains clear,” notes Portland Parks Commissioner Carmen Rubio. “Science has shown that trees not only cool the environment, but also play a substantial role in the larger fight against climate change.”

Join neighbors and friends new and old! Have fun and kick off tree planting season by planting new trees in the park and providing care and love to the trees already calling Glenwood Park home.

Trees work hard for our community - they clean our air, keep neighborhoods cool, green our parks, improve our mental and physical well-being, and so much more.

Portland moved Arbor Day to autumn several years ago because our region's dry, hot summers have made it more difficult for trees planted in April to succeed. Come together with neighbors this fall to plant trees and make Portland a healthier and greener place for all.

If you would like to learn more about planting and preservation programs at Urban Forestry or would like to get involved, visit our webpage at 


With the passage of the Parks Local Option Levy (Parks Levy), PP&R will be able to plant more trees in areas where tree canopy is lower and better protect Portland’s 1.2 million park trees by performing proactive maintenance, safety checks, hazard removal, and planting new trees in parks and natural areas. PP&R is currently recruiting for new full-time Urban Forestry positions, made possible by the Parks Levy, that will help create a proactive tree maintenance program and begin working to help trees in parks and natural areas get the care they need to continue benefiting our community. This is a citywide effort, not limited to any one part of town. 

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Urban Forestry Department

The mission of PP&R’s Urban Forestry department is to manage and care for Portland's forest infrastructure in the city, for current and future generations. Our urban forest consists of 220,000 street trees, 1.2 million park trees, and innumerable private property trees. Urban Forestry is involved in managing or regulating these trees to differing degrees–creating and implementing the City's Urban Forest Management Plan, fostering community tree awareness and stewardship, developing tree policies and programs, monitoring and assessing the urban forest, issuing permits for planting, pruning, and removal of public and some private trees, and responding to tree emergencies.