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City to remove giant park tree following vandalism

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Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Parks Committee Chairman Joey Manahan will join city officials from the Department of Parks and Recreation Division of Urban Forestry at Kipapa Neighborhood Park to call attention to the threat posed by tree vandalism.

City crews will then begin removing a tree in the park valued at $19,000 that was vandalized and killed and must be removed for public safety at taxpayer expense.

"In addition to destroying a beautiful tree that took decades to grow and was enjoyed by many park users, the vandalism diverts taxpayer money that would otherwise go towards core services," said Mayor Caldwell. "This visit to Kipapa Neighborhood Park is all about bringing attention to the true cost of such acts of vandalism."

At least nine other acts of vandalism against city trees have been reported in the last six months.

 

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