PARKS SERVICES & PROGRAMS

Adopt - a - Park
You can Adopt-a-Park by volunteering to weed, rake, paint or pick-up trash on a monthly basis as an individual or with an organization to beautify our community. Gifts of cash or equipment support our City street medians.

Emergency Tree Services
In the event of a major rainstorm, the Recreation and Parks Department will respond to concerns about City street trees. Should a limb fall or break, call 925-0951 ext. 260 and your request will be immediately routed through our dispatch system. After business hours during a storm, contact the Santa Maria Police Department at 928-3781. They also patrol streets to check for any unreported damage. If the telephone operator is besieged with calls, all calls are responded to in the order of urgency.

Memorial, Commemorative and Environmental Tree Program

A gift of a living tree is a wonderful way for you or for a group of friends to remember a loved one, to celebrate a birth, wedding or an anniversary and to help improve the environment. The cost is $100 for a 15-gallon sized tree or $200 for a 24" box tree. Included in the cost is the planting and all future care of the tree. Make checks payable to P.L.A.Y., Inc. There is a choice of 16 trees that can be planted at various City parks. For more information, please call the Santa Maria Recreation & Parks Department at (805) 925-0951, ext. 346.

ACER PALMATUM, JAPANESE MAPLE [2]
This is the most airy and delicate of all maples and is native to Japan and Korea. It is slow growing to 20 feet tall and is deciduous. It has year round interest: young spring growth is glowing red; summer leaves are soft green; fall foliage is scarlet, orange or yellow; and the winter pattern is leafless branches in greens and reds.

AESCULUS CARNEA, RED HORSECHESTNUT [3]
This hybrid tree is a cross between a native of Coastal California and Europe. It will grow up to 40 feet tall with a spread of 30 feet. It is deciduous with a rounded canopy with large, dark green leaves that are divided into five leaflets. It's a very dense shade tree that bears hundreds of 8- inch-long plumes of soft pink to red flowers.

ALBIZIA JULIBRISSIN, MIMOSA/SILK TREE [1]
This deciduous tree is native to Asia and has a rapid growth to 40 feet tall. The canopy can spread to as much as twice the tree's height. The foliage is graceful, exceptionally fine and feathery and is light sensitive and folds at night. The flowers appear as pink, fluffy balls and they open continually throughout the whole flowering summer season.

ARBUTUS UNEDO, STRAWBERRY TREE [1]
This evergreen tree is native to southern Europe and Ireland. It has slow to moderate growth up to 35 feet tall with equal spread. The trunk and branches have rich red-brown, shredding bark that become twisted and gnarled with age. It has clusters of small white urn-shaped flowers and fruit that resemble strawberries.

CALLISTEMON VIMINALIS, WEEPING BOTTLEBRUSH [4]
This is a fast growing evergreen tree up to 30 feet tall with pendulous branches and is native to Australia. It blooms most of the year but especially in the late spring into the summer months. Leaves tend to grow toward the end of long hanging branches.

CEDRUS DEODARA, DEODAR CEDAR [4]**
This tree is a fast growing conifer that will reach a height of 80 feet. When young, it is a pyramidal tree with wide spreading branches, which droop gracefully at the tips. As the tree matures, the branches become more rigid and have a tiered appearance. It has a nodding tip that identifies it in the skyline.

CERCIS OCCIDENTALIS, WESTERN REDBUD [1]**
This deciduous tree is native to California, Arizona and Utah. It is a slow growing, small tree usually only growing to 18 feet tall. It provides year round interest. Magenta flowers bloom in the spring with blue-green, 3-inch leaves that are notched or rounded at the tip and magenta seedpods adorn the branches in the summer. Foliage turns light yellow or red in the fall and bare branches hold reddish brown seedpods in the winter. It is very drought tolerant.

GLEDITSIA TRIACANTHOS, HONEY LOCUST [4]
This fast growing, deciduous tree is native to central and eastern North America. It will grow between 35 to 70 feet tall with a spread of 25 to 35 feet. It has an upright trunk and spreading, arching branches. The leaves are fern-like and bright green, that turn yellow before dropping early in autumn. It has inconspicuous flowers that are followed by broad, long pods and round seeds.

JACARANDA ACUTIFOLIA, JACARANDA [1]
This is a fast growing, deciduous, semi-evergreen tree, native to Brazil. It grows between 25 to 40 feet tall with a canopy spread of up to 30 feet. It has an open, irregular, oval canopy and finely cut ferny leaves that usually drop in the late winter. It blooms mid to late spring. The flowers are lavender blue, tubular, 2 inches long that are profuse in 8 inch clusters. The tree is fairly hardy after it gains some mature hard wood.

KOELREUTERIA BIPINNATA, CHINESE FLAME [1]
This small deciduous tree grows to about 40 feet in height and is native to Asia. It is noted for large two-inch, loose clusters of colorful orange, red or salmon flowers followed by fat papery fruit capsules that resemble little Japanese lanterns. Capsules come quickly after flowers and persist into the fall. The capsules are used both in fresh and dried arrangements. Roots are deep but not invasive. This tree grows best in well drained soils.

LYONOTHAMNUS FLORIBUNDUS, CATALINA IRONWOOD [4]
This evergreen tree is native to the Channel Islands off our coast. It grows at a moderate rate up to 35 feet tall and 15 feet wide. The leaves are fern-like and are 4 to 6 inches long. It blooms in the late spring or early summer, bearing small white blossoms but these blossoms can be up to 18 inches wide. It needs excellent drainage and is handsome in groves.

OLEA EUROPAEA, "SWAN HILL", OLIVE [1]
This evergreen tree is native to the Mediterranean but is very common in California. It has willow-like foliage that is a soft gray-green in color and can be multi-trunked but can be trained as a single. It grows slowly up to 25 or 30 feet and can be just as wide. This variety, Swan Hill, bears no fruit and has little or no pollen, a boon to allergy sufferers. hina and has slow to moderate growth up to 60 feet tall with nearly an equal spread. Older trees become dense and shapely. The foliage exhibits beautiful autumn colors even in mild climates: scarlet, crimson, orange and yellow. It has divided leaves with 10 to 16 paired leaflets that are 2 to 4 inches long.

PISTACIA CHINENSIS, CHINESE PISTACHE [1]
This deciduous tree is native to China and has slow to moderate growth up to 60 feet tall with nearly an equal spread. Older trees become dense and shapely. The foliage exhibits beautiful autumn colors even in mild climates: scarlet, crimson, orange and yellow. It has divided leaves with 10 to 16 paired leaflets that are 2 to 4 inches long.

QUERCUS AGRIFOLIA, COASTAL LIVE OAK [2]**
This oak is native to this coastal area. It is an evergreen tree that reaches 20 to 70 feet in height, often with a greater canopy spread. It has smooth, dark gray bark with dense foliage of rounded holly-like leaves that create a handsome shade tree. It is considered to be a moderate to fast growing tree.

SALIX BABYLONICA, WEEPING WILLOW [2]
This deciduous tree is native to China. It leafs out in early spring and usually holds on to its foliage late. It can grow up to 50 feet tall and just as wide. Leaves can be as long as six inches and have a very pronounced weeping habit.

SEQUOIA SEMPERVIRENS, COAST REDWOOD [1]**
This fast growing evergreen conifer is the tallest tree in the world. Some Redwoods achieve a height of 350 feet, but in cities, a maximum height of 100 feet is to be expected. It is native to coastal regions from southern Oregon to the central coast of California. It is a nice narrowing conical tree and produces a fresh forest scent.

LIST OF PARK SITES AVAILABLE:
Adam Basin - 600 West Enos
Armstrong Park - 1000 East Chapel
Atkinson - 1000 North Railroad
Buena Vista Park - 833 South Pine
Crossroad Basin- College and Southside Parkway - perimeter and south end only
Grogan Park - 1155 West Rancho Verde
Jim May Park - 809 Stanford Road - around the lake only
Maramonte Park - 620 East Sunrise Drive
Memorial Park - 200 North Pine
Minami Park - 600 West Enos
North Preisker Ranch Park - 801 Boxcar
Oakley Park - 1300 North Western
Pioneer Park - 1000 West Foster - must be California native species*
Preisker Park - 330 Hidden Pines
Rice Park - 700 East Sunset
Rodenberger Park - 2700 Santa Barbara
Rotary Centennial Park - 2526 South College
Sierra Vista Park - 809 North Panther
Tunnell Park - 1100 North Palisade
Westgate Park - 1800 Westgate

ALLERGY IMPACT RATINGS
[1] - Allergy-Free Species
[2] - Occasional to Moderate
[3] - Moderate
[4] - Not Rated
Per "Allergy Free Living" by Scott Seargeant

** These trees are native to California and can be planted at Pioneer Park. Only California native are allowed to be planted at that park. This includes most species of Oak, California Sycamore, Incense Cedar and the California Buckeye.