A group of Echo Park residents, city employees and consultants took a walk around Echo Park Lake this morning to review some of the changes and improvements proposed under an $84 million plan to rehabilitate the lake. The focus of the project is to improve water quality but there will be other benefits as well. Official today said that they will hire lotus expert Virgina Hayes from Santa Barbara’s Lotusland to look at how to restore Echo Park Lake’s lotus bed as part of the project, which will require the draining of the lake and most likely the closure of the park. When the park reopens, look for the Lady of Lake statue to return to her original position at the tip of a peninsula that is now home to a cinder block pump house.
This morning’s review of the lake project will continue with a 1 pm meeting at the Echo Park Recreation Center.