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RIP, Cal Anderson wading pool plum tree

Tree split and downed probably by pre-dawn lightening

A casualty of recent storms bringing wet soil and wind, the old plum tree that shaded the area around the Cal Anderson wading pool near the park’s pumphouse was cut up to be hauled away this week.

A parks department arborist confirmed the storm-related death Tuesday. No, the old tree wasn’t struck by lightning though that would have been a cool way to go out.

Instead, the plum’s roots lost their grip in Cal Anderson’t soggy soil. There are currently no plans to replace the tree — especially as Seattle Parks looks at trimming the greenspace’s foliage further back and considers a $780,000 lighting plan to improve safety in the park.

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