park board OKs
. i HOPE OF Nj WHO DIED Tl BE FULFILLEI - l Park Superintendent Kerfo j and Other Leaders Stud, ing Project; Waters Soo. to Reflect Yule Drea .Answering the plea of a fath who asked that a big Christm: tree be reflected in the waters Lake Merrltt this year, acfiordii to the suggestion of Ills 10-year-o 10-year-o 10-year-o 10-year-o 10-year-o Bon who died recently, the boart of park directors last night un lmously adopted a resolution a! proving the project and author! Ing Superintendent Lee Kerfoot ( grant permission for a mammot treo to be erected In the lake. Public officials and citizens a i nounced their willingness to assii In tho project, following the n nouncement yesterday - that tlj heads of civic and service clubs hit approved of the plan and we working to make it a success. Matters of cost, labor, flnancli and similar details will be taken shortly, It la announced, and ele trlcal experts will be asked the! opinions as to the best way of proachlng a floating tree of tli sort, perhaps out In tho lake opp, site the auditorium. i PROJECT (STUDIED . I Kerfoot last night suggested th 1 a pontoon, with outriggers, mlg;r do, or a pile or two might be drive' in the lake to anchor the tree. Tl; matter of anchoring the electri lights strongly to the tree, in case i a windstorm, also was taken ,u but no decision was made, pen Ing further data. i "Tho main thing, however,'' said George A. Illllhack, the fa tlier who started the idea a broached by Ills son last year "is that the park board has an tliorlzcd tho tree my boy drennio n bout, unit 1ms approved tl' whole project. From now on 1 am going; to do everything os hlblo to make this big munlclpa project growing out of a boy'. Idea Into a splendid reality.'' i Hillback,' who lives at 230 Be avenue, San Leandro, appear' with Mrs. Hillback before ti board of park directors, which h: previously discussed the matter t ent Kerfoot. ISLAND BANNED Roger Colt, president of the par bourd, first brought up the tent; tlve plan suggested for a tree o Duck Island; but the park officii)1 banned that because of the dlstur ance to the feathered guests of tl city. Hillback. said that this w; only one of the plans in mind, an that he favored any plan thi would fulfill the dream df his soi Robert Greer Hillback. Kerfoot was, then asked it tV Idea of a tree on a float or pi was practicable. "Of course It's ' practicable," said Kerfoot, "unless there is a . terrific storm; and even then the tree might be wired to weather It. Tim main problem Is of cost. There is no doubt whatever as 1 the beauty of a tree on the lake." Hillback. and Kerfoot then dii cussed matters of cost for a tinv but It was agreed that the fir thing was to get the approval c the park board, after which tfc details can be worked out. . BROACHED BY LETTER f HlllbacJt's project was first mer tioned byjhim in a letter to Th TRIBUNE Forum, mentioning hq his son hud hoped soma day to sr a fine big Christmas tree in th hike, and expressing the wish thi something could be done about i Various business organizations an service clubs began taking notice the project, and the park and ret real ion officials discussed It infoi mally, though the city officials at serted that they . were' running . slim budgets which could not be: any extra expense. Yesterda however, the officials of the Lion club, Twenty-Thirty Twenty-Thirty Twenty-Thirty club, Knigh of the Round Table, the Altruriar the Optimist club, the Mutual Bu? ness club, and the Oakland Ele trlcal club, gave their enthusiast endorsement to the project, ar the matter will be taken up fu ther concerning wayB and mean Last night's action by the par board made it an official municln project, all arising from the wit of a boy who can never see it, b' in whose memory the tree will soc be seen on Lake Merrltt.