Concerns about pedestrian safety have prompted the upcoming closure of a nearly block-long section of sidewalk along Glendale Boulevard as part of the clean up and renovation of Echo Park Lake. Many residents have voiced concern after the closures of the popular path surrounding the lake was closed and fenced off as part of the construction, forcing walkers and joggers to the narrow sidewalk surrounding the park and even the surrounding streets. The sidewalk will be reopened once the project is completed. A notice posted today on EchoParkLake.org, the official site of the lake clean up, said:
At the request of Council District 13, the sidewalk on the east side of Glendale Blvd. between Santa Ynez and Kent will be closed indefinitely due to safety issues. All pedestrians should take alternate routes as directed by the signage to be installed.
Much of the concern is focused on the Glendale Boulevard side of the park, where joggers and pedestrians have been seen darting into the heavily traveled street to avoid the crowded sidewalk. “It’s too dangerous,” said Rolando Hueso of Echo Park of the narrow sidewalk. After the construction fence went up and the park closed, Hueso has reduced his once daily run around the park to a twice-a-week routine.
In other Echo Park Lake clean up news:
- The lake will be drained in phases, with the first phase lowering the water level by between four to eight feet as fish and other wildlife are removed and relocated. The entire lake will be emptied in the second phase to prepare for the construction of a new lake bed and filtration system. Officials did not say when the draining of the lake’s estimated 26 million gallons of water will begin.
- Most of the interior of the Boathouse has been gutted as workers prepare build new framing.