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.