Friday, April 28, 2023 was a beautiful day to celebrate Arbor Day with the planting of 15 trees, as well as dedicate one of those trees in memory of Kristopher "Kris" Wren.
Kris, a former park maintenance worker at Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park, passed away unexpectedly at home on October 8, 2021. He had worked for the District at Lake Cahuilla for 7 years.
In his time working with parks, Kris demonstrated a strong work ethic and passion for keeping Lake Cahuilla Park safe, clean, and welcoming. He gave his best every day and cared tremendously about making the park the best it could be. Whether he needed to fill in at the front gate collecting fees and doing quagga inspections, clean bathrooms, trim trees, or do just about anything in the park, Kris gave it his all. There was no task beneath him and no problem he couldn’t solve.
Arbor Day Celebration
Arbor Day is a day of significance because, quite frankly, trees are significant. Trees are our natural air and water filters and help protect healthy soil. They support biodiversity, good health, and reduce impacts of climate change by absorbing harmful carbon. Trees help support the economy through forestry, and of course, we benefit from their fruits, nuts, berries, leaves and flowers. Trees build our homes and other structures, they provide us relief from the heat, and they sooth our souls with their beauty. We need trees to live.
Doing our part to help sustain a healthy balance of trees here in RivCoParks, we were joined by staff and volunteers who planted 15 trees at our Crestmore Manor campus and next door at Rancho Jurupa Park.
Kris Wren Dedication
One tree in particular, a Tipuana or tipu tree, was planted in dedication to Kris Wren. Kris' sons Diego and Mateo, son-in-law Michael, daughter Kristina, and wife Maria, all helped plant the young tree. Family and friends, including Kris' father, Kent, and mother, Sharon, joined in to unveil a small monument memorializing Kris' years of service to the
Kris was much more than just a dedicated employee. He was a cherished friend and a beloved member of our Parks family. His warm smile, kind heart, and generous spirit touched the lives of everyone he encountered. Kris was someone who truly made a difference, and his loss has been felt deeply by all of us.
The tree that was dedicated on April 28, 2023, is more than just a symbol of Kris' memory. It is a living testament to his spirit and the impact he had on those around him. This tree will continue to grow and thrive. It will stand tall and strong, just as Kris did in the face of challenges. And it will provide shade and comfort, just as Kris did to his family members and friends who needed it most.
Kris' tree will be a source of comfort and inspiration to us all, and it will remind us of the importance of living a life that is dedicated to making a positive impact in the world.
This tree is our promise to Kris that his memory will live on in our hearts and in the world around us.