Photos by Darrell Kunitomi
A coyote was not the only visitor roaming around Echo Park Lake on Sunday. After a van apparently knocked down a portion of the fence circling the park, Darrell Kunitomi of Echo Park took a walk inside to get close up photos of the now nearly empty lake, which has been drained as part of a nearly two-year-long construction project. What did Kunitomi, who has visited and fished at the lake since he was a boy, see in the now exposed muck at the bottom of the lake ? Guns? Bodies? A coyote? Sorry, none of the above. Here’s what he saw:
Lots of bottles, various items including nets, skateboard, pipes and tree trunks. One Christmas tree. 50 gallon drums scattered around the lake appeared to be items placed for fish structure/habitat after lake refurbishment in ’84. Holes were punched in to sink them. Was also interested to see where piles of brick and other rock were placed, also for fish structure.
Was fascinated to see exactly what the bottom of the old lake looks like. Know the entire lake well from fishing it as a boy. To see exactly what lay in front of me w/o water on top, simply amazing.
The Echo park resident said the smell was strong at times but it didn’t bother him. “It is maximum organic.” Click on the link below for more photos and observations from an Echo Park Lake visitor.