The City of Delta Parks Department is offering a $100 reward for tips regarding thefts and vandalism of city trees and flowers.
Parks supervisor Paul Suppes reports that since the Memorial Day weekend, 300 plants have been taken from the city’s pots and flower beds.
The bedding plants are not being ripped out and left to die; they’ve been removed for the purpose of apparently replanting them elsewhere.
On the island at Confluence Park, vandals carefully stripped several blue spruce and Austrian pine trees of bark, which will kill them by the end of summer.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Suppes said.
Wildlife has gnawed at some trees in Confluence Park, but in this case the trees are free of teeth or claw marks. “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop,” Suppes said, quoting a well-known phrase.
According to the state forester, the four mature evergreens are valued at $9,500 each. Total loss is approaching $36,000.
Suppes hopes someone can help identify the culprits. He asks anyone with information to call the Delta Police Department at 874-2015.