Longtime active Sierra Club members John and Lynn Taber envisioned turning a small, overgrown and weedy pocket park on the east side of Rolling Hills Estates into a space that would entice residents to get outdoors and enjoy time in nature.
The Tabers brought a proposal to the city and to their much-beloved Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. They offered to fund the removal of trash and debris, the improvement drainage, as well as the addition of amenities such as picnic tables and a hitching post, and so transform the space into a true miniature park or grove for neighborhood residents to enjoy.
On August 31, 2021, city officials and conservancy leadership met at the space adjacent to Palos Verdes Drive East and Harbor Sight Drive now known as the John and Lynn Taber Grove to celebrate the Tabers’ vision and generous gift. They initiated the grove by unveiling a commemorative boulder. Excerpted on the boulder’s plaque is one of John’s favorite poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “A Psalm of Life.”