Saturday, March 29, 2014 will be moving day for Sequim’s Palm, a tree of uncertain origin, disputed species and undetermined age. For more years than most remember, this prospering palm has greeted visitors as they enter the doorway to Sequim’s City Hall.
Using a massive piece of equipment that will scoop up the entire root system, the palm will be transported across the street to reside beside a new consignment clothing business occupying the former site of Second Chance Consignments.
Property owners Kevin Bell and Lee Cowan are enthusiastic about the move. “This is where this historic tree belongs, overlooking the new Civic Center with easy access for pedestrians. I think it needs a plaque so that its story won’t be lost,” Bell said.
Big Trees of Sequim will perform the delicate move. Owner Doug Monk is donating his company’s services. Operations are expected to begin on Saturday morning, March 29, 2014 and continue into the afternoon.
The palm is being moved to make way for the demolition of the old City Hall in preparation of construction of the new Civic Center which will house the Police Station, City Hall and a community plaza. Demolition is expected to begin in April 2014 and construction is expected to be complete mid-year 2015.
Please contact City Engineer David Garlington at (360) 681-3439 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.