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Parks commissioners approve Eagle Rock off-leash dog park and Echo Park skate park

Off-leash dog park will be built on the grounds of the Eagle Rock Recreation Center

The Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners approved plans to convert an abandoned city swimming pool in Echo Park into a skate park and build a dog park on the grounds of the Eagle Rock Recreation Center.

The commissioners at their Wednesday meeting backed staff recommendations to move forward with both projects that have been in the works for a few years.

Eagle Rock Dog Park

The nearly one-acre off-leash park will be located at the Eagle Rock Recreation Center, just north of the baseball fields along Figueroa Street.

Here’s a description of the $700,000 dog park from a Recreation and Parks Department report:

“The Project proposes the development of a new 43,000 square foot (0.99 acre) off-leash dog exercise and training area, installation of shade structures, dog agility equipment, synthetic turf for dogs, a drinking fountain, new trees with irrigation, perimeter fencing, and an ADA accessible access pathway. The new trees are proposed to be Tulip Tree. There is no impact on the existing perimeter trees on site.”

Council District 14 has scheduled a May 5 ground breaking ceremony for the park.

Echo Park Skate Park

The skate park will replace an empty swimming pool

In Echo Park, the $862,000 skate park had been delayed as officials secured additional funding to complete the project after the final design was twice as large as originally envisioned.

The skate park will be built where a now empty public swimming pool sits between a 101 Freeway onramp and a brick recreation center at Bellevue and Echo Park avenues.

Here’s  description of the project from the staff report submitted to commissioners:

“The new facility will consist of approximately 7, 100 square feet of concrete skating area with various skateboard features, including a 5-stair feature with rails, a bump to ledge, a small bowl, a curb ledge, a “China” bank, a “hip”, a “waterfall”, and a “hubba” ledge. The Project also includes a shade structure with a brick seating wall, wrought iron fencing and gates, PolyVinyl Chloride (PVC) coated chain link fencing with a large mesh sign attached, reading “ECHO SKATE PARK.” A brick monument wall with a sign (repeating the brick fa9ade of the historic Recreation Building), a 400 square foot entry plaza with eight entry blocks with signage and for seating, three (3) security lights, and a drinking fountain are also included in the plans for the project.”

The city will now seek bids to construct the park, which means neighborhood skaters will have to wait a while longer before the park opens.

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13 comments

  1. I’d prefer that swimming pool, filled.

  2. Aren’t empty swimming pools the original skate parks?

  3. Since the demographics of the community have changed and people with more money are moving into EP, the city now wants to approve a skate park. Shows how little they cared for the poor that only had the streets to play on. Skaters at Logan in the 90’s and throughout the mid 2000’s were constantly chased, ticketed and harassed by LAPD.

  4. Oh heck yeah! That skate park sounds awesome. I don’t skate, but I love watching.

  5. wait a second here

    the dogs get 43,000 sq ft in a park

    and the kids get 7,000 right on the freeway breathing exhaust

    something sounds backwards here

    why not give the kids a 43,000 sq ft park in elysian park.

    • I agree, but a pool to skate gets me pumped. The bowl in Garvanza is just not enough .

    • It wouldn’t make sense to get rid of 43,000 sq ft of green space and replace it with concrete for a skate park.

    • Hi Hector, you should come check out the Eagle Rock Rec park sometime, so you can see what’s being discussed and changed.

      It’s quite a large park, has many open spaces and multiple facilities for “kids” and adults… including:
      Auditorium, Barbecue Pits, Baseball Diamond (Lighted), Baseball Diamond (Unlighted), Basketball Courts (Lighted / Indoor), Basketball Courts (Lighted / Outdoor), Children’s Play Area, Football Field (Unlighted), Indoor Gym (without Weights), Picnic Tables, Tennis Courts (Unlighted), Kitchen, Multipurpose Sports Field, Outdoor Fitness Equipment, Stage

      What you don’t see on that list, is a dog park — at least not yet. And the space they are putting the dog park is in one of the least used spots in the park. When you come visit, you’ll see.

      You can learn more about the park here:
      https://www.laparks.org/reccenter/eagle-rock

      Also, do note the pool that the “kids” are getting in Echo Park is currently not in use, so it’s an additional 7k square feet given to them. In addition to the adjacent kids playground, the multiple tennis courts around the corner on Glendale and the very large Echo Park Lake park directly across the street.

      As for Elysian Park… which you reference in your comment, but the article was not about… that’s also a very large park with lots of facilities for kids and adults — what do you think should be added there?

      • a skate park. a giant skate park in elysian park.

        go to any skate park and its packed. the baseball fields are empty

        look at venice, i would say its a success. why not make a park like that here near downtown la in elysian park

        and griffith park too

  6. Not a skater but this sounds great for those who do skate.. fun amenity, glad to see it being done. Just another cool thing about Echo Park..

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