The two sides of Echo Park Lake

Photos by Martin Cox

Echo Park Lake has a split personality these days, with water slowing being poured into the northern portion of the lake (photo above) while the southern portion (photo below) remains high and dry as work continues on a lake clean up. Water began to be released back into the portions of lake earlier this month to help establish new aquatic plants but the lake is still a few months away from being refilled, according to Public Works officials.


  1. loving the updates! thanks

  2. Despite the initial comments of doomsayers regarding this Lake makeover, I want to compliment the folks associated with this project. I live a block away and have observed the progress over the last year. The work has been done in an efficient manner with a minimum of disruption to the community. In these tough economics times, when communities in CA are struggling to provide basic services, Echo Park is fortunate to have an opportunity to have a substantial upgrade to one of a shrinking number of public parks in LA.

  3. How exciting that this project is getting closer to finished. I am already envisioning the Echo Park community enjoying the reopened park next Spring. And I completely agree with Renard—the job has been done with great efficiency. Looking forward to seeing everybody at the Lake!

  4. Thank god the late night gay hustlers can get back to work this spring. Did the city relocate them with the geese during the construction? Just wondering.

  5. Maybe it’s me but I don’t remember people being worried about the construction crews and how they did their job.
    Most of us were worried about a plan that removed a lot of trees and created grass wetlands for displaying Spicy Cheetos bags and soda cups.
    And the 85 million dollar price tag…

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