Water and life begin to trickle back into Echo Park Lake

More than a year after it was drained and turned into a dusty construction site, a small section of Echo Park Lake is once again looking like a lake.  Water was allowed to flow into the northeast corner of the lake bed to allow for the planting on Tuesday of the first batch of aquatic plants that will act as wetlands to help filter the water.  The water is only six inches deep but will help the plants get established, said Michelle Vargas, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works. “We are not quite refilling, but we are planting and making sure our plants thrive.

The iconic Echo Park Lake Lotus bed, however, remains dry and is not expected to be planted until early next year, said one city official. The $85 million clean up and rebuilding of Echo Park Lake is not scheduled to be completed until next May.


  1. It’s good to see some water and some green coming back! I took a walk around the Echo Park Ave side of the lake today – lots of planting going on.

  2. Will the “Island” be available to the public? Why was it closed in the first place. Suspicious activity.

  3. Quack Quack the Island was closed so ducks can nest and not be disturbed.

  4. This is great, but $85 Million?!??

  5. growing up in echo park and seeing the different changes kind of brings me sadness that so much has been transformed. nonetheless, it is making echo park even more beautiful and it brings me joy. can’t wait till it open again and i go visit my home! 🙂

  6. 85 million, are you serious? Someones making money on this !

  7. can u say politicans ???? the money grab musta been an easy one. um we have what 3 local politicans , one with a land trust, um ….

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