A Hidden Oasis Grows on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

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A Hidden Oasis Grows on Hollywood's Walk of Fame A Hidden Oasis Grows on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
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A Hidden Oasis Grows on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

by Alissa Walker

June 24, 2011


Schumacher and Crum are members of the church Ecclesia, which holds its services next door in the landmark Hollywood Pacific Theater. Four years ago, as part of the church's sustainability-focused "Green Team," they spearheaded an initiative to pick up the trash and pull weeds in the lot. But soon, Schumacher says, they realized the potential for improving the space even more. "It started with the front beds," she says. "For the past couple years we've been seeding wildflowers into the ground, and then also put up the back screen to cover the dumpsters. Bit by bit we're trying to make it into a garden as money and volunteers permit." During the last weekend in May, the church held a barbecue in the space. 

The lot is owned by Robertson Property Group, a development company that has given its blessing to the church's actions, but could sell it out from under them at any time. "It's always in danger of being turned into a parking lot," says Schumacher. The team is working to get the space permanently dedicated. Their dream, she says, would be to convince the company to turn the garden into an official public space, a much-needed pocket park that can serve tourists and residents alike. As if on cue, a set of tourists wandering the Walk of Fame pause to snap a photo of the garden as it was yet another attraction in their guidebook: an unexpected oasis that perfectly frames the Hollywood sign in the distance.

The garden is located just east of 6433 Hollywood Boulevard, between Wilcox and Cahuenga. To donate to Paul's Urban Garden, you can send a check to Ecclesia and be sure to label it "Green Team/Paul's Urban Garden," or, drop off your in-kind donations at the garden. Public volunteer days are held the second Saturday of every other month—the next one is July 9 at 9:30 a.m.

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