More than 100 people had signed up to take a tour today of the construction zone that is Echo Park Lake. The members of the public−as well as bloggers–escorted by city employees walked down to where the lake had been to get a closer look at vast expanse of dirt ringed by a towering wall of concrete and newly constructed rocky shores of riprap. The multimillion dollar lake clean up and rehabilitation project is about 60% complete and is expected to be finished by late next spring, said project manager Marlon Calderon. Water could start flowing into the rebuilt lake within two months to fill the northwest corner of the lake where a new lotus bed will be replanted. Of course, if it rains, the lake could start filling up sooner than expected. Click on the link for more photos.
A construction worker takes a stroll on the lake bottom near the park bridge. About 60 construction workers can be found at the lake on a typical week day.
A new shoreline of riprap spills down to the bottom of the now dry lake bed from the tip of the peninsula on the north end of the lake. The barrier on the left will enclose one of several areas that will be planted with wetlands.
The park path on the east side of the lake near the boathouse has been turned into a small highway where dump trucks loaded with dirt and earth moving equipment come and go from the lake bed.
New ceiling fans and a restaurant-grade kitchen have been installed in the boathouse. No word if the bronze colored exterior will remain.
A pink crane equipped with a hose spreads concrete over the eastern shore of the lake.