The amphitheater at Civita Park. Photo by Schmidt Design Group

Civita, the growing urban neighborhood in Mission Valley, is inviting the public to its annual Arbor Day celebration from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

The free event includes music by dance band Backstage Pass, an interactive exhibition of exotic birds, and a bounce house and petting zoo for children.

The event takes place at Civita Park, which is located at the intersection of Civita Boulevard and Russell Park Way. Guests are invited to bring a blanket, beach chairs and picnic, or select from a lineup of food trucks.

Backstage Pass will perform in the park’s outdoor amphitheater from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., playing hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and more.

Arbor Day, celebrated nationally on the last Friday in April since 1872, is Civita’s signature community celebration,” said Marco Sessa, senior vice president of Sudberry
Properties, the master developer of Civita. “Arbor Day is a great day to be outside enjoying nature and it’s the perfect match for our sustainable, transit-oriented village.”

“We’ve already planted hundreds of trees in Civita and will plant hundreds more,” he added.

Civita is a sustainable, transit-oriented urban village located on a former 70-year-old sand and gravel quarry. Plans for the 230-acre property call for up to 4,780 homes and apartments in numerous configurations, approximately 480,000 square feet for a lifestyle retail center and 420,000 square feet for an office campus.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.