One of the unofficial landmarks of Echo Park Lake was an old palm tree in the northeast corner of the park (photo at right) that had over the decades come to lean low to the ground as if inviting passersby to hop on and take a seat. This morning, residents who live near the park awoke to find that the slanted palm tree had collapsed behind the construction fencing erected for the lake’s $64 million clean up. Perry Daniel, who took the photos of the broken tree, was not happy:
I live right across from the park and woke up this morning to find that the famed slanted tree of Echo Park Lake had fallen during the night. With all the changes taking place in the park these days I never know what to expect but this was a total shock. It looks like it was a natural break and not the result of a cut. This tree had such character and was such a unique park treasure. I’m glad that no one was hurt though. I know it’ll be missed.
Top photo by Perry Daniel; bottom photo from Google Maps