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The Capistrano Beach community Christmas tree has been cut down due to disease. The city is searching for a replacement. Photo: Andrea Swayne
The Capistrano Beach community Christmas tree has been cut down due to disease. The city is searching for a replacement. Photo: Andrea Swayne

By Andrea Swayne

The Capistrano Beach Christmas Tree, on the median at Camino De Estrella and Camino Capistrano has been felled by the city’s community service and parks department due to disease.

No other trees in the median were affected.

The original Capo Beach Christmas tree was donated by the Capistrano Beach Community Association in 1987. The tree was the center of an annual tree lighting and holiday gathering at Pines Park until the dissolution of the association in 1998.

From then on the tree was decorated, without fanfare, each year by the city until a strong storm blew it down in April of 2012. A young pine was planted in its place in December 2012.

A crowd gathered for the 2015 Capo Beach tree lighting. Photo: Andrea Swayne
A crowd gathered for the 2015 Capo Beach tree lighting. Photo: Andrea Swayne

In 2015, a new community organization, Capo Cares, brought back the tree lighting tradition, organizing a gathering with holiday music, refreshments and the children adding ornaments hand-made by area children for the original tree each year between 1987 and 1998.

The parks department is in the process of searching for a replacement in hopes of replacing the diseased tree as soon as possible.

We don’t want a small tree, we want something comparable,” said Kevin Evans, director of Community Services and Parks. “We are in search of the perfect tree.”

Click here to read the story of the revival of the tree lighting event in 2015.

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