North Park is beautiful any time of year, but it was especially stunning in mid-April when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom! The trees, planted by The Sakura Project, allow visitors to enjoy Japan's unofficial national flower while also serving has a way to strengthen bonds within the local Japanese community by creating a focal point for cultural and personal exchange.
According to The Sakura Project, cherry blossoms symbolize the friendship of the United States and Japan. Japan gave 3,000 cherry trees as a gift to the United States in 1912 to celebrate the nations' growing friendship, and they line the shore of the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC’s West Potomac Park. That gift was renewed with another 3,800 trees in 1956.
Today, approximately 250 ornamental cherry trees of 10 varieties, including yoshino, accolade, pink flair, and okame can be found throughout North Park. The trees were planted over more than a decade, and now attract photographers, nature lovers and people of all nationalities to enjoy the colorful views. To learn more, visit http://www.pghsakuraproject.org or see more photos on their Facebook page.