Stolen tree from world's smallest park in Portland found

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:47 AM

PORTLAND -- A lone tree in Portland's smallest park that vanished last week, has been found, according to Portland Parks and Recreation.

Mill Ends Park is only two feet in diameter, made up of just a small patch of grass, a few plants and the one tree. It's not only Portland's smallest park, but it's also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's smallest park.

Officials with Portland Parks and Recreation said it appeared that someone yanked out the lone tree and took it.

On Friday, a driver passing by the park posted a comment online noting the tree was lying on its side just outside the park, park officials said. The tree was taken to a temporary home in PP&R’s downtown offices and will be replanted, possibly in Forest park.

“Whatever the motivation, we are relieved,” Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté said. “We will be evaluating the tree’s condition and if it’s ok, we’ll plant it somewhere in our Gold Medal system as soon as possible.” There was no word on any possible suspects in the case.

On Wednesday, park officials made repairs. They planted a small Douglas Fir sapling, at a cost of just $3.25.  The park is located at the intersection of Southwest Naito Parkway and Taylor Street, near the Willamette River.

Here is what the park looks like now that it has a tree again:

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