A large wood sign emblazoned with a portrait of one of the Bol Park donkeys that residents thought was stolen was actually cut down by city staff for maintenance, the City of Palo Alto spokeswoman Linda Clerkson said on Tuesday.
The sign at the park on Laguna Avenue had been a park fixture for nearly 20 years, according to a longtime resident.
Residents expressed concern after the four-foot-long wood sign Cornelis Bol Park disappeared. It was sawed off at both posts during the Sept. 29 weekend, residents reported.
The sign features a large, colorful portrait of the park's first and now deceased donkey, Mickey.
Erin Perez from the City of Palo Alto Community Services Department told a resident in an email that a replacement sign would be made. But Clerkson said the sign had not been stolen; the City has temporarily removed the sign for maintenance.
"The same sign will be returned soon, after a little sprucing up," she said in an email to the Weekly.