Expect fences to begin encircling the park and lake during the week of July 11 as part of a two-year-long lake clean up, according to a new city website dedicated to the $64 million project. That website also provides a gallery of before-and-after photos, including images of how the lake will look when its planted with wetlands. Officials had previously said that work would begin after the Lotus Festival during the second weekend of July but had not provided a specific time line until now. After the fence goes up, “temporary trailers will be set up, along with water and power lines,” according to a notice on the website. “Earth moving and other construction equipment will show up at the site soon after these facilities are in place.”The actual draining of the lake, however, won’t begin until next spring.
A public meeting has been scheduled for July 20 to update residents on the lake closure and clean up.
The wetlands, which are intended to help filter the water, will cover a significant portion of the 13-acre lake, dramatically altering its appearance. Engineers have said there will still be plenty of open water for paddle boats – if they ever return – and have promised to restore the lotus bed in the northwest corner of the lake. The before-and-after image at the top shows the view of the wetlands and lake from north to south. Click on the link below for a south-to-north view. What do you make of Echo Park Lake’s shaggy new look?
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