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How you can help add some blooming beauty to Southside Park

A cyclist rides past the pond in Sacramento’s Southside Park in December 2015. A fundraiser aims to garner enough money to plant cherry trees at the park.
A cyclist rides past the pond in Sacramento’s Southside Park in December 2015. A fundraiser aims to garner enough money to plant cherry trees at the park. rbenton@sacbee.com

Southside Park could be getting some added beauty, with some help from you.

A partnership between Sakuramento, Sacramento Tree Foundation, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, and City Councilman Steve Hansen’s office aims to plant flowering cherry trees at the downtown park surrounded by Sixth, Eighth, T and W streets.

A fundraiser started Monday by Kaitlin Bruce of Sakuramento is seeking $8,000 by Oct. 16 to fund Sacramento Tree Foundation Incorporated. As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, the GoFundMe campaign was only at $1,975 from a total of 17 donors.

Should the goal be reached, planting would begin Oct. 28, according to the fundraising page.

“Our goal is to celebrate our community’s rich multicultural heritage by planting a ‘Sakura Grove’ in Southside Park,” a statement on the site reads. “The neighborhood surrounding Southside Park was once the home of many of Sacramento’s Japanese families, a large portion of whom were displaced during the (World War II) internments. We aim to honor the Japanese community by bringing the experience of ‘hanami’ (the gathering of the community under the blooming ‘sakura,’ or cherry blossoms) every spring.

“With your donation, we will be able to plant 28 flowering ornamental cherry trees to create a welcoming Hanami experience. Your donation will be going toward site prep, irrigation, trees purchase costs, and the all-important tree maintenance. (Once a tree is planted, the following three years of care are crucial to its long-term survival.)”

For more information, visit Sakuramento on its website, Facebook or Twitter pages.

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