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Portland Parks & Recreation, community partners present Tree Hug PDX: The World’s Greatest Tree Hug

POSTED 7/13/16

(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Urban Forestry is proud to celebrate Portland’s magnificent urban forest through “Tree Hug PDX: The World’s Greatest Tree Hug.” The event at 6pm on Saturday, July 16, 2016 is brought to you by PP&R and community partners Treecology, Friends of Trees, Bureau of Environmental Services and Hoyt Arboretum Friends.

“Trees work non-stop for Portlanders, 24/7/365,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. “The least we can do is thank them with a big hug!”

  • What: Tree Hug PDX, with a Summer Free For All Movie in the Park showing of “The Lorax”
  • When: Saturday, July 16, 2016 beginning at 6pm
  • Where: Hoyt Arboretum, SW Knights Blvd and Kingston Dr 
  • Why: For the love of trees!

Hoyt Arboretum is the site of this FREE, family friendly event which includes

  • Vendors
  • Arts and crafts
  • Food trucks
  • Music from local artists Ten Spiders
  • Tree bucket truck rides (get a bird’s eye view of the treetops from 65 feet up in the air!)
  • The PP&R Rock Climbing wall
  • A tree climbing demonstration featuring two dozen arborists

All this, and, of course, the Tree Hug! As the name implies, guests will wrap their arms around a tree in appreciation for the wonderful things that trees do for us- providing shade, cleaning the air, mitigating storm water run-off, providing habitat for wildlife, and beautifying our landscape.

Stay after the hug for a free, outdoor Movie in the Park (part of the PP&R Summer Free For All). You’ll enjoy a screening of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” the perfect post-hug movie for tree lovers. The movie starts at dusk (around 9pm). 

To RSVP, or to learn more about Tree Hug PDX, please visit No advance registration is required to take part in Tree Hug PDX.

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