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Grass will be lawn-gone at Echo Park Lake this Labor Day

Workers removed damaged lawn in preparation for reseeding.

Picnic goers and sunbathers who like to spread out across the lawns surrounding Echo Park Lake  might find it harder than usual to find an open spot this Labor Day weekend after large swaths of grass have been fenced off as the workers prepare to reseed the damaged lawns.

Large sections of the lawns had begun to yellow and die off  within a few weeks after the lake and surrounding park reopened in late July after a two-year-long clean up.  Earlier this month, the contractor in charge of the clean up began  modifying the irrigation system, applying fertilizer throughout the park and aerating the compacted soil  to revive the lawns. But, apparently, that was not enough. Now large patches of  grass on the east and north sides of the lake will have to be removed and reseeded.

Employees began to install orange, plastic netting around the damaged lawn areas this week in preparation for the reseeding, which will begin after Labor Day, according a Recreation and Parks Department employee familiar with the project.  After the lawns have been aerated and reseeded,  the lawns will be off limits for at least 10 days to two weeks, perhaps even longer in some cases.

“It’s important that [park visitors] don’t trample over the new seed,” said the employee, who wanted to remain anonymous.

While some city officials have blamed a faulty irrigation system for much of the problems,  the  throngs of  people who have descended on the park since it reopened have also taken a toll  on some of most popular sections of the lawn, especially those spots  near the playground and a section where informal soccer matches and outdoor yoga classes are held.  The reseeding will include a hardier mix of grasses intended to  hold up better under all the foot traffic, said the city employee.

“We have had much more traffic than expected,” he said. “It’s Okay to be laying down on it but not abusing it.”

Grass has been removed near playground



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14 comments

  1. It’s okay to be “lying” down on it not laying. Sorry my biggest pet peeve. Thanks for working to fix the grassy issue!

  2. He said, “..but not abusing it.”

    Ha. now…
    I dont know even know how to react to that but smile, really, “he” has apparently not visited the park on any day of the week.
    All community member really, really enjoy the park and personally havent seen any abusing done.

    Angelino, Echo Park local and also work in the neighborhood.

  3. CHENTE RODRIGUEZ

    NO MONEY FOR YOUTH IN ECHO PARK
    BUT MONEY FOR GRASS …

    • "bottom line guy"

      Money for youth? Mr. Rodriguez, you have become too accustomed to hand outs sir. Get a job, there is plenty money for youth then.

  4. Something odd — grass is indeed greener/thicker at MacArthur, Lincoln and Hollenbeck parks (have visited and photo’d all three in past month) but EP Lake is clearly most-visited by visitors. (MacArthur may have more, but many seem to be ‘inhabitants’ rather than visitors.)

    And all three parks have lakes, and they are in really terrible shape. MacArthur was once extremely beautiful, as were others, but Mac was nice till (I’d say) the mid-1970s. By the 1980s you could easily die there.

    Glad to see EP’s renovation is ongoing.

  5. *Something odd(: the lawns are) indeed greener /thicker(PICK ONE) at MacArthur, Lincoln and Hollenbeck parks (have visited and photo’d all three in past month)[,] but (the Echo Park) Lake is clearly (more) visited by visitors. (MacArthur may have more, but many seem to be ‘inhabitants’ rather than visitors.)

    And all three parks have lakes(;) they are in really terrible shape. MacArthur was once extremely beautiful, as were (the) others(.) Mac was nice (until—I’d say—)the mid-1970s. By the 1980(‘)s, you could easily die there.

    Glad to see (the Echo Park Lake’s renovations are) ongoing.

  6. I’ve figured out your point — you have little else to do with your time/life…your turn.

  7. Are they seeding or re-sodding? I don’t think a seeded lawn would be ready to walk on in two weeks.

  8. Why, why, why wouldn’t they wait until right *after* Labor Day weekend to do this? Thinking that there might be bigger crowds than usual on Labor Day and letting them enjoy the entire park? Thinking that people (like my friend and I) might have planned a picnic there that weekend and invited people from far away to see the renovated park?

    (sigh)

    • my sentiments exactly. I’m so bummed…party at my hot un-air conditioned flat or I guess I’ll go early to claim myself under the willow tree. Shouldn’t have said that.

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