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
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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