Ten palm trees will be installed in the Highland Ave. median between Melrose Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. The project is sponsored by the Hancock Park Homeowners Association to replace trees that have died or been terminally damaged.
The Washingtonian fan palms are eight feet tall and will grow three feet a year, said Sabine Hoppner of Water’s Edge who is coordinating the project with Jeff Mayer of Jeff Mayer Landscape Design.
Cindy Chvatal, president of the homeowners group, said “We are using our membership dues and donations to fund neighborhood projects like the Highland median, planting parkway trees, tree-trimming and stump removal.
“The city stopped providing these services years ago, and we feel it’s important to maintain the beauty of our neighborhood.” She extended thanks to everyone who contributed. The first replacement trees were installed south of Second St.; the remaining 10 trees will be planted between Melrose Ave. and Second St.
In 1928, Highland residents and the city arranged for planting of palm trees and construction of the median strip. It was financed by the residents. The trees and medians were recognized as an Historic-Cultural Monument in 1972.