The city’s Public Works Department will tomorrow* host the first of three public tours show the improvements planned as part of an $84 million rehabilitation of Echo Park Lake. The tours are a reminder that in just a few months, in the spring of 2011, Echo Park Lake and the parkland that surrounds it will be fenced off to the public. All the walkers, joggers, elote vendors, fishermen, ducks and the people who feed the ducks will have to find another place to go until 2013. When that fence comes down, Echo Park Lake will have cleaner water, wetlands and new landscaping and walkways – even a new Lotus Bed and a new home for the Lady of the Lake statue, according to city engineers. Michelle Vargas with Public Works provides a brief timeline of what to expect at Echo Park Lake over the next several months:
- Construction is expected to begin in spring 2011 and continue through end of 2012. Specific details of the schedule will be determined by the construction contractor after the project is awarded early next year.
- The entire park area will be closed up to the sidewalk. We will bring equipment to the site. Therefore, the park will be fenced off for the safety of the neighborhood.
- Our work will have no impacts to the Rec Center.
* Update: Tomorrow’s tour has been postponed until Nov. 6. The tour organizers decided to cancel the tour this afternoon because of rain in the forecast, Vargas said. Reservations are being taken for the tours in November and December.