The state’s Department of Parks & Recreation has awarded a $2.7 million grant to build a nearly 1/2-acre pocket park on Patton Street near the Echo Park Deep Pool. The grant, which was announced by Echo Park neighborhood council president Jose Sigala on the Echo Elysian Forum, comes nearly a year after officials with the Trust for Public Land began to meet with residents to discuss the park and apply for the grant. Plans for the new park include “a new picnic area with sunshades, playground, community garden, walkways, and landscaping,” according to a state press release describing the grant for the Patton Park and the other grant winners.
The park will be located next to the former Echo Park Boys & Girls Club, which is now under the control of the city’s Recreation and Parks Department but remains closed to the public. The Eastsider is seeking an update the project from the Trust for Public Land.