Visitors to Echo Park Lake this morning were met with the sight of workers installing an approximately six-foot high chain link fence around the entire park in preparation for an approximately two-year long clean up that will leave the park and lake off limits to the public. The $64 million project, which includes the draining of the lake, is intended to improve water quality but will also result in some noticeable changes to the landscape and historic landmarks in the park, Olga Morales, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Public Works, said it might take until Thursday before the fence is complete and the park sealed off. A meeting to update residents on the project is scheduled for July 20. Details about the meeting and other portions of the project can be found at echoparklake.org
* Update: One of the workers said they expected to finish installing about a mile of fencing around the park by Wednesday. After starting on Park Avenue, workers stretched the fence along Echo Park and Bellevue avenues before coming to stop on Glendale Boulevard near Santa Ynez Street.