Thief steals lone tree from tiny Portland park

Thief steals lone tree from tiny Portland park
Traffic moves past Mills End Park, the world's smallest park, where a new tree was planted to replace the one stolen last week, Thursday, March 7, 2013 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The world's smallest park is no longer treeless.

Portland Parks & Recreation spokesman Mark Ross says a Douglas Fir was planted Wednesday at Mill Ends Park to replace the lone tree that someone stole last week.

The 2-foot-diameter park lies in a median strip in downtown Portland near the Willamette River. It was established by newspaper columnist Dick Fagan in the 1940s and became an official city park in 1976.

Though the tiny park doesn't require much maintenance, the city does water, weed and trim when necessary.

Ross says a motorist noticed the tree was gone last week. The thief has not been caught.