Keep Fresno “BOO-tiful” will host four Halloween-themed, family-friendly beautification events in southwest Fresno on Saturday, October 31 in partnership with the City of Fresno’s Public Works Landscape Division, the Strategic Growth Council, Tree Fresno and Every Neighborhood Partnership. The events are geared toward families with young children to provide a healthy and safe alternative to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treat activities, and participants are encouraged to dress in costume. Each family will receive a pre-packaged goodie bag with a generous assortment of candies and four passes each to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and Storyland.
The first event will be held at Tupman Park, located on the southwest corner of California Avenue/Ventura Street and S. Tupman Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. where families from the community will plant a tree in the park and take part in neighborhood cleanup.
The second event is a cleanup event at the Kearney Triangle Park, a pocket park at the corner of East Kearney Blvd. and Fresno Street, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Keep Fresno Beautiful and Clean Fresno will provide trash bags, paper pickers, vests, masks and gloves
A second tree planting event will also take place at Chandler Park, at the corner of Oleander Avenue and Crystal Avenue just off of Kearney Blvd., from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. A total of 30 trees, five Bay Laurels and 25 Golden Rain trees, will be planted between the two locations, and Tree Fresno will be present to educate volunteers on how to plant and care for the trees. Shovels and other tools will be provided.
A park cleanup will also take place at Chandler Park during the same time. Volunteers can sign up for any of the Keep Fresno “BOO-tiful” events on Eventbrite at the KFB Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KeepFresnoBeautiful/.
“Congratulations on bringing more green to Southwest Fresno – this a is a major milestone toward realizing the community’s vision to Transform Fresno,” said Louise Bedsworth, Executive Director of the California Strategic Growth Council, a cabinet-level State agency that supported Transform Fresno with a $66.5 million Transformative Climate Communities grant 2018. “Adding trees to urban spaces is a win – they improve air quality, create cooling shade, and enhance a neighborhood’s beauty and walkability.”
Social distancing and safety protocols will be followed at each event. The City of Fresno will have a limited supply of PPE (including masks, rubber gloves and sanitary wipes.)
Volunteers will be asked to:
- Stay home if they don’t feel well or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
- Wear Halloween costumes or dress comfortably
- Wear protective facial coverings
- Bring their own water in reusable containers
These projects are supported by California Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities Program with funds from California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.