A new pocket of green proposed for Echo Park

The City of Los Angeles has teamed up with the Trust for Public Land to explore creating a pocket park on Patton Street near the indoor Echo Park swimming pool. The park would occupy what is now an approximately 1-acre vacant lot that sits among homes and the former Echo Park Boys & Girls Club in the southern edge of the neighborhood. It is still not clear what will be included in the park – ball courts or a community garden – and officials are scheduled to hold a meeting (see details below) on January 9 to seek ideas from residents.

“The goal of the project is to create a little more open / green space in Echo Park,” said Tori Kjer, a project manager for the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit that buys property for public park and open space. “Some of the community priorities so far include: playground, community garden, picnic shelters, gating and locking the site at night.”

The empty lot was once the subject of a feud between nearby neighbors and the former Boys & Girls Club, which wanted to build a basketball court and outdoor recreation center. Residents were concerned about the lack of parking, noise and bright outdoor lighting. The plan was dropped after Boys & Girls Club closed suddenly about two years amid in the wake of a city financial audit. The former club is now being renovated for use as a city parks and recreation center.

The Patton park is still not a done deal, however. The city and trust must apply and win grant money to buy the land and build a park.

The park meeting will be held on Saturday, January 9 From 10:30 AM – 12 PM at the Echo Park Library, 1410 Temple St.

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