Construction work continues on a new park on the west-side of the Walla Walla High School campus with a giant sycamore tree focal point. Graduate of Distinction and 1969 alum Michael Murr, in coordination with the Joseph L. Stubblefield Trust, has partnered with Walla Walla Public Schools to design and fund the park.
The park pays tribute to what is believed to be the world’s largest London Plane tree in existence, a hybrid offspring of the American Sycamore and Oriental Plane. Commonly referred to as a “Sycamore”, the century majestic tree, when considering its height (over 150 feet tall), its crown (excess of 100 feet), and circumference (nearly 30 feet around), outshines the tallest London Plane on record in Europe, planted in 1749 to mark the centenary of the execution of King Charles I.
Although the 269 year old European tree is believed to be a few feet taller, the Walla Walla tree’s girth and crown dwarfs the Bryanston School Estate tree located in Dorset, England.
The park will include tree protection measures, walking paths, decorative fencing, benches and additional landscaping to highlight the impressive London Plane. The $250,000 project is expected to be completed this summer.