Echo Park Lake is beginning to look like its old self. Photo by Jeremy Simon
Jeremy Simon’s photo of palm trees and a boathouse reflected in the waters Echo Park Lake might give the impression that the lake had been refilled after being emptied for a nearly two-year-long clean up. Not quite. The photo below provides an idea of how much of the lake remains dry. But last month the process of officially refilling the lake with 26 million gallons of water began and is expected to be completed by the end of February, according to a city official working on the project (Small amounts of water were poured into sections of the lake in October but that was to help establish some aquatic plants).
With relatively light rainfall this year, the contractor has supplemented storm water run off with city water to replenish the lake, said Department of Public Works spokeswoman Cora Jackson-Fossett. “It’s been such a dry winter season that we don’t have enough rain water that is coming in,” she said.
The entire project is not scheduled to be completed until later this spring.
Southern section of the lake remains dry. Photo by The Eastsider