Bottom photo by Martin Cox
The bridge at Echo Park Lake has been left high and dry (top photo) after the lake was drained for an approximately $65 million clean up. When the lake is refilled, the olive green bridge will look virtually the same, which is a shame, said Echo Park resident Martin Cox, who preferred the shade of red (bottom photo) that the bridge was painted for many years. The wood and metal span was painted olive green when the structure was repaired about six years ago. The dull green may be more historically accurate – glimpses of the green bridge can be seen in the 1974 movie “Chinatown” – but, said Cox, it’s not as pretty as red:
If you look at mural representations of Echo Park, ALL of them show the red bridge, no one wanted to paint the ugly green one!
Unfortunately for Cox and other fans of red bridges, the bridge will remain olive green, said Michelle Vargas, a spokeswoman with city’s Department of Public Works.