City receives $3.25 check to cover tree planting at world's smallest park

City receives $3.25 check to cover tree planting at world's smallest park
A man mailed this check and letter to Portland Parks and Recreation to cover the cost of replanting a sapling at Mill Ends Park. (Photo by Portland Parks and Recreation)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Remember when someone recently stole the tree from the world’s smallest park in Portland?

Someone mailed the city a check for $3.25 to cover the cost of replanting the Douglas Fir Sapling at Mill Ends Park. The sender, whose name was not released, also included a letter with his memories of the small park.

The park sits in a median at Southwest Taylor and Naito Parkway and has been around for decades.

Someone returned the tree after it was stolen, but the city had already planted a new tree at the park.

Portland Parks and Recreation spokesman Mark Ross said the returned tree is being taken care of in their office.

“We will soon find a place to plant it permanently in a larger PP&R park,” Ross said in an email.

All trees in Mill Ends Park are transplanted before they get too big for the tiny park, Ross said.

The park was created by Dick Fagan, a columnist for The Oregon Journal who noticed a hole in the concrete dividing the lanes of Front Avenue and decided to plant some flowers there to spruce it up. He then named the little spot after the column he wrote.

The tree thief is still at large. “We continue to hope justice will be served,” said Ross.