Hidden deep within Central Park in a secluded place stands a perfectly situated tree, dressed up for the Holiday’s every year ~ the ornaments all dedicated to beloved pets who have passed on, but as we see each year, are never forgotten. Walk with us as we hit the less-traveled paths in search of the Memorial Pet Tree in Central Park from years past.
We first came upon this tree several years ago, after reading a short article on its existence. It took a lot of foot-work and several attempts before we finally found it. And it was with great delight that we finally spied a group of people, dog’s on leaches in hand, gathered around a tree, chatting quietly, and hanging ornaments. This was it ~ the secret Holiday Memorial Tree to Pets.
The ornaments, all shapes and sizes, were lovingly put together with photos of departed pets, laminated and hung with ribbons and an occasional pet toy hanging by a hook. All kinds of pets were included.
We don’t know how long this tradition has existed, but each year by mid-December, the tree is filled.
The location of the Memorial Tree to Pets is a secret we honor, known only to those who meet to share an ornament and a memory.
The Pet Memorial Tree concept has caught on! East Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park now has a Holiday Tree dedicated to pets. It can be found along 120th Street, just east of Fifth Avenue, in the park.