Earlier this week, Oregon Live shared that the only tree in the tiniest city park, Mill Ends Park, had been stolen. On March 11, they now share that not only does Mill Ends have a new tree, but a check for $3.25 was mailed to the city from the thief to recover the costs of replacing the tree.
Mill Ends is an officially recognized city park that started when a columnist for the Oregon Journal saw a hole in the road and attempted to spruce it up with some flowers. The park sits at the end of Naito Parkway and SW Taylor. After the only tree, a Douglas fir was stolen from it, it was returned and has been awaiting a new home in a larger Portland Parks and Recreation city park. All trees planted in Mill Ends Park have to be transplanted so that they can reach full maturation.
Someone, whose name isn't being released, sent a check for $3.25 to the city to replace the Douglas Fir tree, even though it likely cost more than that, along with a note sharing his first memories of the park. Currently, the park vandal is still at large and they hope that justice will be served soon.