Flatbed truck delivers palm trees to Echo Park Lake. Photo by Martin Cox
One of the first batches of new trees to be planted at Echo Park Lake arrived last week as part of an $85-million project to rebuild the lake and portions of the surrounding park. The Washingtonia robustas, or Mexican Fan Palms, that arrived on a flat bed truck are among the 91 new trees to be planted around the lake, where a forest of swaying palm trees has long been one of the park’s landmark features. “They are replacements for trees of the same species that had to be removed from the park because they were no longer healthy and/or viable,” said Department of Public Works spokeswoman Michelle Vargas in an email. “Though these are not native to California, these types of trees are being maintained at Echo Park to preserve its character and history.”
Vargas said some of the new trees-which will replace the 57 that were removed-will also include native palm trees called Washingtonia filifera.