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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Echo Park Lake gets a rainy-day refill

Photo by Martin Cox

Echo Park Lake enjoyed a revival today after a rain storm filled up  part of the lake that had been pumped dry as part of a clean up and renovation project.  Martin Cox, who lives above the lake, took the above shot at about 4:59 p.m. Said Cox:

I saw the water from our window … but waited for the sun to come out in the right spot for this romantic return.



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  1. There’s beauty and wonderment about this picture. I miss this park so much!

  2. This is why the lake project will NOT proceed until next year, despite the fake facade of its “draining” now.

    This draining now is just a smoke screen in reaction the community uproar about a delay when it was announced last June that the lake draining would not go ahead until next spring. That delay was announced after the original plan to drain it this past spring was delayed — apparently at the behest of Councilman Garcetti to provide for the Lotus Festival this summer. But then come June, they announced to the public that delay made it too late to proceed this year. Upon that announcement, there was community uproar, and so in response, they proceeded with this facade of draining, knowing full well it would make no difference to when the actual lake work can start, not until the rainy season is over next spring. It originally had been planned to be working on that lake bottom already.

    This delayed draining certainly could delay the completion of this project, and its because Garcetti delayed the start of it.

  3. As long as there are romantics among us, there will always be beauty to behold!

    Thank you, Martin Cox.

  4. Tim,

    Thanks for shedding light on the matter. There’s so much that is beyond the scope of what is seen externally. Where politics reigns, expect well…POLITICS.

    Much like during the lake’s Carp Chinese Herpes infestation. Of the countless years I’ve spend fishing urban lakes, I’ve never seen such kill-off of so many fish. When this happened to Echo Park, nobody seemed to question it; “oh well, Chinese Herpes,” is all’s I saw & heard. My personal take on this is that it was a well thought out plan with the intent to alleviate the uproar from wild life concern.

    It was the perfect con to do away with a very large population of fish which really aren’t welcome in most lakes due to the rapid reproduction rates of carp and some of the damage they can do to a small ecosystem. Not only that, but it also opened the doors to an automatic kill of all remaining fish due to the contamination could pose to the lake/s to which they’d be transferred.

    I con go on, but why. Too late.

    Politics.

  5. @Tim – regarding the “facade of draining,” it looked pretty drained to me (prior to the rain refill, that is).

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