The Great Wall of Echo Park Lake

Imagine what an Echo Park tagger could do with a nearly 10-foot high, mile long wall. Unfortunately, for taggers and street artists, most of the new wall pictured above will eventually be underwater.  The giant, curving retaining wall of concrete now under construction is part of the approximately $65 million clean up and rehabilitation of Echo Park Lake. The 12-inch thick wall made with 4,000-cubic yards of concrete and reinforced with steel rebar follows the contours of the lake, and, with the exception of a few breaks near the boathouse and bridge, will completely encircle the body of water.

“The new retaining wall will replace the old one that was falling apart,” said Michelle Vargas. a spokeswoman with the Bureau of Public Works. ”  The wall will stabilize the lake edge, prevent erosion, create easier maintenance of the lake, and act as a safety measure.”

Once the lake is refilled  next year and paths rebuilt around the water’s edge, only the top six inches to 12 inches of the concrete wall will be visible.


  1. Will there be any breaks in the wall for newly hatched chicks to get in and out of the water?

    • It says there will be a few breaks near the boathouse and bridge — hopefully this will be adequate for the chicks!?!

  2. Well now they know it’s there, it won’t be too long till we find out! Thanks eastsider.

  3. So awesome what they’re doing with the park. I visit LA often, and am moving to town from New York next month . Can’t wait to get there and enjoy your/our beautiful city!

  4. Don’t forget Martin, there are going to be expansive wetlands on the water side of that wall which is perfect habitat for those ducklings.

  5. eastsider… you’re kinda stirring sh*t up with this post! there will surely be tagging now, er, i mean, ‘street art.’

  6. I wish the lotus that was the signature of echo park lake will re-appear

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