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Monday, July 28, 2014

Fence coming down, ducks moving in at Echo Park Lake*

Fence coming down around Echo Park Lake.

There are a few more signs that Echo Park Lake is returning to normal after its grand reopening this weekend:

  •  On Monday, workers began removing large sections of the chain link fence and green screen that had encircled the park during a two-year long  construction period.  Recreation and Parks chief  Jon Kirk Mukri told the L.A. Times this weekend that the fence would not be removed for several months to  protect the newly planted landscape and, according to the Times, help “monitor activity” in the park. But apparently there has been a change in plans, with workers on Monday saying that much of the fence and green tarp should be gone within a week or so.
  • There is still no word, however, on when the netting draped over the lotus bed and new wetlands will be removed. The netting was installed after birds began feasting on the new aquatic plants.  But some persistent ducks and birds has found a way around the netting, reports Dan McCarthy. He snapped the photo below showing a duck framed by a hole in the netting surrounded by lotus leaves.  Lucky duck.

Photo by Dan McCarthy

* Update: Looks like that fence came down much faster than expected, with workers having removed much of the chain-link barrier by this afternoon.

Fence coming down on Echo Park Avenue./Martin Cox

5 comments

  1. That looks like a coot. Saw one mallard (male) inside netting of the western planter, its mate seemed a little frantic as she swam on the perimeter. Hope it found its way out since Sat.

  2. Some PETA workers on Saturday lifted that hole in the netting to save a pair of duck parents who were separated from their ducklings. They had gotten under the fence and couldn’t get back to the nest and three hatchlings (with eggs on the verge). I do hope they remove it soon, as it doesn’t seem safe for the birds.

  3. The same article you mention about the fence says the netting will stay up for a year, but at this point who knows if that’s accurate.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jun/15/local/la-me-0616-echopark-lake-20130616

    • I think the netting around the plants need to saty up longer until the plants are well established and strong enough to survive the feeding the birds will do to them. I mean if you get your car freshly painted your not just going to drive it off with the piant still wet are you? no! your going to let it dry, so I think the plants should be protected until they are hardy enough and fully matured which can take up to a year or more.

      but I guess we will see…

  4. Yes, the Coot parents were happily zooming back and fourth through the hole and feeding their chicks today (18th), thank you to whom ever provided that entrance for them, the family is reunited and the chicks growing.

    I asked a park employee how soon the netting can come down, he suggested that he had convinced them to make it sooner than a year, like six months.

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