An Echo Park skate park with easy freeway access

What’s more scary? The thought of your kid swimming in a pool separated from the 101 Freeway by only a rusty chain link fence or of your child’s skateboard flying into the windshield of a northbound truck? Those two visions come to mind as the Recreation & Parks Department is looking at converting the Echo Park Shallow Pool, which is embraced by the Echo Park Avenue onramp to the 101, into a skateboard park. Department official Anna Galbraith said that the proposal is still only a concept and the department is looking at what kind of grants might be available to convert the pool into a skate park. Meanwhile, next door at the red-brick Echo Park Recreation Center, a popular skateboarding club uses portable ramps in the 1920s-era building, constructed decades before the 101 Freeway cut through the park.

Given the options, maybe playing video games indoors is not such a bad idea after all.


  1. They should make a skatepark in echo park, echo park having more skateboarders skating the city should build a skate park in their communtiy.

  2. Wow, this is such an ignorant comment. Video games are better? Have you been to that park to see how big it is? There is more than enough room to put what could be the biggest park in LA there and still have tons of green space for other citizens to relax and enjoy the park, plus give youngsters a safe environment to skate.

    I think maybe parents need to work on parenting and teach their kids some lessons on safely crossing streets and not playing in the road. If the real goal of your comment is to show that you just don’t want a skate park there then say so. Otherwise this is poor journalism.

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