PORTLAND -- The world's smallest park has received what may be the world's smallest donation from a Portland man who said he’s hoping to start a trend.
Chris Bucci said he’s a big fan of Mill Ends Park and was disappointed to learn that it had been vandalized.
The park is only two feet in diameter and it's made up of just a small patch of grass, a few plants and 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.
Earlier this month, someone yanked out the lone tree and took it, according to officials with Portland Parks and Recreation. Days later, the city made repairs and planted a new tree.
This week, Bucci came forward with a check to cover the city's repair costs: $3.25. Bucci said it may not be much, but it covered the cost of the park's new tree and maybe it will encourage more acts of kindness from others.
“I have a young son and I love the Portland Parks and Recreation system,” Bucci said. “You just need a place to get out and let the kids run all that energy out.”
Background: Lone tree stolen from Portland's smallest park
Coincidentally, a driver passing by the park last Friday posted a comment online noting the stolen tree was lying on its side nearby, park officials said. That 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 okay, 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.
Mill Ends 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: