Plans to replace Elysian Park’s ailing Avenue of the Palms and an equally troubled irrigation system are scheduled to be discussed at a community meeting tonight. The stately rows of Canary Island Date Palms near Stadium Way and Scott Avenue have become infected with a deadly fungus that is killing off the century-old trees. Crews will begin removing some of the dead palms later this year and replacing them with new trees, under plan spearheaded by the Citizens Committee To Save Elysian Park.
Meanwhile, plans are also underway to replace the leaky irrigation system across much of the approximately 600-acre park and allow it to tap into recycled water that will be delivered to the park by the L.A. Department of Water and Power through a new network of pumps, pipes and storage tanks (the park’s irrigation system will still be able to distribute potable water as well).
How is all this going to work? Details will be provided at tonight’s meeting, hosted by the city’s Recreation and Parks Department and the Citizens Committee To Save Elysian Park, that will begin at 6 p.m. at Grace E. Simons Lodge, 1025 Elysian Park Drive, in Elysian Park.