Palm Trees Planted in Highland Avenue Median

A dozen new palm trees were planted yesterday in the Highland Avenue median. (photo courtesy of Cindy Chvatal-Keane)

For the first time in about five years, a dozen new Washingtonia palm trees were planted in the Highland Avenue median in Hancock Park. The trees were paid for and planted yesterday by the Hancock Park Homeowners Association’s arborist, Sabine Hoppner, and her crew, who will be watering them by hand until the City is able to repair the automatic irrigation system in the median.

“We planted the new trees to fill in places where we were missing trees,” explained Hancock Park HOA president Cindy Chvatal-Keane. “Now we are the stage where we just want to keep the trees healthy and the median green!”

Hancock Park HOA Arborist Sabine Hoppner and her crew plant new palms in the Highland Avenue median. (photo courtesy of Cindy Chvatal-Keane)

Chvatal-Keane told the Buzz the Association has had its challenges working City on the median for years, but most recently efforts to repair the irrigation have been progressing…thanks to the assistance of Adel H. Hagekhalil, Executive Director and General Manager of the Bureau of Street Services. And it doesn’t hurt that Adeena Bleich, Deputy Chief of Staff for CD Councilmember David Ryu,  is also checking up on the work. Bleich, recently back from maternity leave, was in the neighborhood checking on the irrigation repairs when she encountered Chvatal-Keane and Hoppner planting the trees.

Next up, the association is working with the City’s Office of Historic Resources to design some kind of medallions or historic markers to be placed in the median to designate its historic status.

Cindy Chvatal-Keane, Hancock Park Homeowners Association President and Adeena Bleich, CD4 Deputy Chief of Staff, inspect the newly planted trees. (photo courtesy of Cindy Chvatal-Keane)
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Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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