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Park Strip Committee (PSC) Park Strip Plan
Posted on Aug 6th, 2023

Queen’s Gate Community Association
Park Strip Committee (PSC)
Park Strip Plan
 
Hello Queen’s Gate Homeowners,
 
The Queen’s Gate Community Association Board of Directors has reviewed and unanimously approved the Park Strip Committee’s recommended approach regarding our park strip trees. 
 
The QGCA park strips are located between QGCA sidewalks and QGCA streets including Kalohelani Place and Makaaoa Place.  Maintenance of the aging milo park strip trees has been a concern of Association members for some time and the Park Strip Committee was formed by the BoD to research options and develop a plan.  
 
A Homeowners Communication Meeting to discuss the plan is scheduled for Thursday, 17 August 2023 at 6:00pm in the clubhouse.  
 
Arborist services at Tree Solutions Hawaii were retained to assess the existing trees and to provide recommendations for species and installation approach of replacement trees.  Their report can be viewed by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.  
 
We received good news: the expected remaining lifetime of the vast majority of existing milo trees is beyond ten years.  This means most of these trees do not need to be replaced in the near future and the cost of replacement can be deferred.  
 
The Committee recommended that the original architect’s plan for tree-lined streets be continued.  Gaps in the park strips where original trees were removed, but not replaced, will be filled with new trees.  
 
New tree plantings will include root barrier installations.  New trees will be located so as to minimize irrigation damage and repair efforts. 
 
Five tree species have been recommended for their ability to thrive in our hot, dry and salty environment.  All Association members are encouraged to vote for two species out of the five listed to be utilized as replacement trees.  
 
1.  Silver Buttonwood
2.  Silver Trumpet
3.  White Tacoma
4.  Stiff Bottlebrush
5.  Milo
 
Ballots will be included in the hard-copy mail-out and are due back to our site manager no later than 31 August 2023. 
 
Also, individual Homeowners will be able to make requests for one or both of the two chosen species to be planted on the Association park strip in front of their home prior to planting.  
 
The number of existing milo trees needing removal at this time is quite small…quantity three or less.   Homeowners are encouraged to continue to observe and report any cases where park strip trees are causing damage to Community Association common property or Homeowner property so that appropriate measured can be pursued.  
 
The Park Strip Committee, chaired by Sharon Maurer and staffed with Kathie Cooke, Gerry Cuellar, Rudi Faust, Tim Gedney, Ron Harper, Cliff O’Donnell and Chuck Pelch, will continue working details of the plan.  Cost estimates will be provided to the 2024 Budget Committee for next year’s budget creation. 
 
Thanks, 
Ron Harper, President, Queen’s Gate Community Association Board of Directors 
 
To review the Queen’s Gate Tree Inventory Report
Click on the link below.

 

 
 
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