The grand opening of Echo Park Lake this past weekend found park visitors getting reacquainted with their favorite landmarks, including the park’s landmark green bridge, the pink lotus blossoms and the blue lake. Wait a minute. A blue lake?
As anyone remembers, the color of Echo Park Lake used to range from a muddy brown to a grayish green accented by water-logged corn-cobs and plastic bags. But the waters of Echo Park Lake this weekend resembled the dark blues and emerald greens of Lake Tahoe. Was this new blue a result of that $45-million water quality clean up? Nope. Echo Park Lake got a dye job.
In this case, the dye is part of a treatment to to control algae and also provide nutrients to the lake’s lotus bed and other new aquatic plants, according to city employees who work for the contract administration division of the city’s Bureau of Public Works. The dye was added a few days before the grand opening ceremony on Saturday. The new, blue hue took some city workers by surprise. When one Public Works employee arrived to the lake on Thursday, he said his reaction was, “Hey, it’s blue!”
Perhaps it was the combination of the cleaner, colorful water and warm weather that prompted many kids and adults to wade and splash around in lake, which is not allowed no mater what color the water, according to Recreation and Parks officials.
Fans of the new look will only have a few more days to enjoy the turquoise waters. The dye is expected to fade away in a week or so and the lake will return to normal. After that, you will have to use an Instagram filter to get the same effect.